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Date Printed: 4/20/2014
Pax Castelli-Knight Syrah 2004
Pax Castelli-Knight Syrah 2004
(search item no. 87642)
The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
PRICE ON 4/20/2014: $69.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

We undoubtedly think that this is one of the most singular expressions of Syrah in our stable. Regardless of vintage, the vineyard driven character of this wine is unmistakable. Always on the large side, with the serious tannins of a marvelously ripe Cornas, the 2004 reminds us more of the 2002 than the 2003 version of this wine, with sweeter fruit and riper tannins. Enjoy it and the 2002 while we all patiently await the potentially majestic 2003 to settle down. 100 % Syrah 40 % new French Oak 16.55 % Alc by Vol 3.89 pH 275 cases produced Tasting Note: Fresh cracked black pepper, iron and spicy blackberry pie. Humongous in the mouth, (this one goes to 11) with outrageously sweet fruit, mouthwatering acidity, teeth-staining tannin and that density of palate that you can only get from low yielding vines grown on a rocky hillside. More soil inflected flavors of iron and spice lead into a ripe tannic finish. So basically this is typical Castelli-Knight Ranch Syrah!
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About Pax:

Pax Wine Cellars is focusing on the production of premium vineyard-designated Syrah based wines from the North Coast of California. We hope to eventually add a Grenache based wine, and a Northern Rhone inspired white wine. Quality is key and sourcing exceptional sources for these two wines is paramount. Our Mission Statement is simply stated; “To produce reference point Syrah based wines that are indicative of where they are grown”. We are not trying to replicate any other Syrah produced in the world; Hermitage can only be made from one place. Our intent is to create unique wines with strong personalities of where they are grown. We believe that the cooler climates along the northern coast of California have the potential to produce world-class Syrah, and that is our goal. We utilize traditional winemaking techniques; it is a style of winemaking that is really without a style. The uniqueness of the growing sites for each of these vineyards should give the wine its personality; it is our job to encourage that personality to shine through. We feel the best way to accomplish this is by utilizing Indigenous fermentations, minimal handling, unobtrusive use of the finest French oak and bottling without filtering or fining. This approach to winemaking is very pure and unadulterated; therefore the wines will typically vary in color, alcohol, pH and most other characteristics that determine any given winery's ‘style’. Each of our wines is the purest expression of that vineyards fruit that we are able to capture in the bottle. This is the reason that sourcing vineyards of exception or at least vineyards that have ‘something to say’ is the single most important thing that we can do to guarantee our success. We spend, as much time in our vineyards as we can. It is simply the only way. We lease our parcels by the acre or row when necessary, and we encourage organic farming practices. Low yields are a rule and each vine is cared for individually.