2002 Pax - Syrah Cuvee Keltie 750ml

USA - California - North Coast/ Red / Syrah
2002 Pax - Syrah Cuvee Keltie
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International Wine Cellar | 94(+?)

($65; a blend of numerous elements, in what Mahle describes as an Hermitage style; fermented entirely with whole clusters and aged in a very low percentage of new barrels) Saturated black-ruby color. Knockout nose combines crushed dark berries, bitter chocolate, licorice and fresh herbs. Creamy, superconcentrated and deep; fills the mouth and then some. A syrah of compelling sweetness and length. Finishes with huge, dusty, building tannins and a strong peppery aspect. This needs a good three or four years of additional cellaring.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 114

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Wine Advocate | 95

A limited cuvee (207 cases) is the 2002 Syrah Cuvee Keltie. The tightest offering in this portfolio, it is Hermitage-like in its proportions, restraint, and intense earthiness/minerality. An opaque purple color is accompanied by scents of ground pepper, roasted espresso, blackberries, and cassis. When Pax Mahle told me that 100% stems were used in this cuvee, I was astonished because there is not a bit of stemmy/vegetal character. This tight, formidably endowed Syrah is best treated like a great French Hermitage ... wait 6-8 years and drink it over the following two decades.

Drink Dates: 2009-2029
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 150

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Wine Spectator | 93

Dark-hued, with rich, intense, deeply concentrated fruit built around a core of dense blueberry, blackberry and boysenberry flavors that flow across the palate. This deeply concentrated wine isn't shy about its tannins, either, yet they're ripe and integrated, finishing with a long, vibrant finish and a dash of beef and leather.

Drink Dates: 2006-2012
Author: James Laube


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More Vintages and Sizes of Pax - Syrah Cuvee Keltie:

2006 (750ml)
2005 (1.5L)
2005 (750ml)
2003 (750ml)

About This Producer


Pax Mahle produced a wide selection of vineyard-designate Syrahs from Northern California under this label for many years before leaving to begin another project, Wind Gap. Under the Pax label, he utilized indigenous fermentations, minimal handling, unobtrusive use of French oak and bottling without filtering or fining. Great care was always taken in the vineyards to produce the best fruit possible by maintaining the vines on an individual basis and ensuring low yields. In addition to many Syrahs, Pax also produced several white wines including Roussanne, Viognier, and a white blend. In 2009, with the departure of Mahle, the brand was re-named Donelan Wines.

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