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2002 Pax Syrah Castelli-Knight Ranch

  • 94 WA
  • 93 WS
  • 92 IWC
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SKU: 88533-2002

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  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 92

    ($45; 16.9% alcohol, with a pH of 3.9; from a northeast-facing vineyard in a warmer area) Saturated ruby. Pure aromas of black fruits and bitter chocolate, with a distinctly peppery component. Dense, sweet and superconcentrated; a wine of extravagant breadth. Like an essence of black fruits. Superripe and high in pH but somehow full of life. Finishes with big, strong, tongue-coating ripe tannins. |My Brune,| notes Mahle.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: May/June 2004
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 93

    Fully ripened, with a rich, concentrated core of blackberry, wild berry, pomegranate and huckleberry, it firms up and exhibits dusty oak, fresh earth, mineral, sage and spicy nuances, only to have the rich fruit return on the finish. Chewy tannins are there too, making it a good candidate for a year or so in the cellar. 253 cases made.
    Author: James Laube
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 94

    The 2002 Syrah Castelli-Knight Ranch is a black beauty. No wimpish wine at 16.9% alcohol, it is made from very low yields, and crushed in open top small bins, the alcohol is totally concealed by the wealth of fruit and intensity. From a cool hillside vineyard with a northeast exposure, it exhibits an inky/purple color as well as aromas of roasted meats, black currants, and blackberries. It is a muscular, big, powerful Syrah that keeps it all together with good intensity and a structured feel. This sensational 2002 requires 2-3 years of cellaring, and should age nicely for 12-15 years.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Dark purple with well blended fruits blackberries and and softer and smooth tannins
    Author: Rodney M
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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Collector Data For This Wine

  • 68 bottles owned
  • 23 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 93
    (Out of 23 collectors)