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2003 Pax Syrah Obsidian

  • 96 WA
  • 90 WS
  • 93 IWC
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SKU: 84338-2003-750

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  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 93

    ($45; from a high, rocky vineyard rich in volcanic deposits from Howell Mountain Full, deep ruby. Aromatic, somewhat exotic nose features blackberry, purple flowers, flint, tar, licorice and smoke. Comes across as fatter than the Kobler syrah but not quite as precise. But the sweetness of the powerful, deep black fruits is almost shocking. This has terrific depth of flavor and an exotic, liqueur-like aspect. Has the sweet fruit to buffer its big, broad tannins. This may be even better than the excellent '02 release.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: May/June 2005
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 90

    A stylish wine that captures ripe, vivid black cherry, rhubarb and wild berry fruit that's lightly scented with pepper and sage. An elegant aftertaste with surprisingly firm, peppery tannins. 483 cases made.
    Author: James Laube
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 96

    From Knight's Valley, the 2003 Syrah Obsidian (named for the area's Obsidian soils) boasts a dense blue/purple color in addition to big, opulent, concentrated, heady aromatics, massive body, and abundant amounts of blackberry fruit intermixed with licorice and flowers. It's a gorgeous Syrah that needs a bit more time in the bottle to strut its stuff.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Author: Juan K
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

  • 222 bottles owned
  • 58 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 93
    (Out of 58 collectors)