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Wind Gap Griffins Lair Syrah 2007

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Winemaker Notes

Vibrant red with a black cherry-pit of a core, the color hints at intensity and the nose delivers it. Huge... I mean really huge aromas of ripe fruit; casis, blackberries, plums and mincemeat pie with a tarry almost creosote like element that temporarily tries to conceal the salty saline character that is exposed with lots of aeration. A thick yet finely knit, velvety-textured mid-palate guides you to the salty and structured finish, that brings along pomegranate, savory roasted meat jus and a dollop of crisp dried berry.

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W&S 95
Wine & Spirits
Wind Gap is Pax Mahle's latest project, based on vineyards located at gaps in the coastal hills where inland heat draws the cool ocean air over the vines. Griffins Lair is in the Petaluma Wind Gap, a southwest-facing slope planted on coarse gravel and rock. The conditions restrain the young vines (02 was the first vintage), bypassing the clumsy vigor new plantings often express and creating a youthful brilliance instead. The structure is racy, opening up as the scent of the wine grows more compelling with each sip. It has the crush of black pepper intersecting with the saltiness of cured meat, or, more directly, the saltiness of coastal air. Enjoy this bottle over the course of several days to catch the evolution it may parallel in the cellar. Delicious with Fra'Mani soppressata.
WS 92
Wine Spectator
Complex flavors of blackberry, wild berry, cedar, spice and chicory are full-bodied and focused, with a minerally edge turning to tar and ending with chewy, gripping tannins that turn cedary as well. Drink now through 2016.
RP 92
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Dark purple to the rim and more rustic and savage is the dense, rich, tannic, broodingly backward 2007 Syrah Griffin's Lair (100% Syrah, 100% whole clusters). This impressive offering demands 2-3 years of cellaring, and should last for 12-15 years.
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Wind Gap is not about making the "perfect" wine. It's about making honest, authentic and compelling wine from special vineyard sites. What interests us about wine is what makes it different-the subtle nuances and characteristics that tell a particular wine's story, reguardless of appellation.

We've combed the state to gather a collection of some of the moste exciting vineyards for producing the kinds of grapes we love - Cabernet from Coombsville in south Napa, Chardonnay from the dramatic limestone and granit of Chalone, Grenache from the Shale and Limestone blanketed hills of western Paso Robles, and Syrah from the windy and cold Sonoma Coast. Along the way, we've been lucky enough to meet and work along with like-minded growers who embrace the discerning farming practices we belive in.

Interestingly enough, many of our vineyards are planted along or are directly influenced by one wind gap or another. These geological breaks in the coastal hill funnel wind inland and strongly influence the growing and ripening fo our grapes. It seemed only fitting to us that our name should celebrate the forces of nature that are shaping our wine.

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Home to a diverse array of smaller AVAs with varied microclimates and soil types, Sonoma County has something for every wine lover. Physically twice as large as Napa Valley, the region only produces about half the amount of wine but boasts both tremendous quality and variety. With its laid-back atmosphere and down-to-earth attitude, the wineries of Sonoma are appreciated by wine tourists for their friendliness and approachability. The entire county intends to become a 100% sustainable winegrowing region by 2019.

Grape varieties are carefully selected to reflect the best attributes of their sites—Dry Creek Valley’s consistent sunshine is ideal for Zinfandel, while the warm Alexander Valley is responsible for rich, voluptuous Cabernet Sauvignon. Chardonnay and Pinot Noir are important throughout the county, most notably in the cooler AVAs of Russian River, Sonoma Coast and Carneros. Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot and Syrah have also found a firm footing here.

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Marked by an unmistakable deep purple hue and savory aromatics, Syrah makes an intense, powerful and often age-worthy red. Native to the Northern Rhône, Syrah achieves its maximum potential in the steep village of Hermitage and plays an important component in the Red Rhône Blends of the south, adding color and structure to Grenache and Mourvèdre. Syrah is the most widely planted grape of Australia and is important in California and Washington. Sommelier Secret—Such a synergy these three create together, the Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre trio often takes on the shorthand term, “GSM.”

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