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2004 Pax Syrah Alder Springs Vineyard The Terraces

  • 93 WA
  • 90 IWC
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SKU: 84333-2004

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  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 90

    ($75; includes some co-fermented viognier; from light soil rich in decomposing sandstone and tufa) Saturated medium ruby. Extremely unevolved nose features some exotic suggestions of apricot, peach and spice. Powerful, firmly built and superripe, with penetrating acidity and a distinct peppery element from the fermentation with the stems. Strong in tannic acidity, notes Mahle. As ripe as this is, there's nothing heavy about it. Still, this very juicy, tight wine is distinctly edgy today and is dominated by its spine. Needs patience.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: May/June 2006
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 93

    The 2004 Syrah Alder Springs Vineyard The Terraces exhibits beautiful, pure blueberry and blackberry fruit intermixed with smoke and toasty oak. Rich, broad, and savory with light to moderate tannin, it will drink well for 7-8 years.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Author: Patrick
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Author: Rodney M
  • Self | Rating: 92

    15+% alcohol, but carried it nicely. This is a brooding and fairly backward wine, but nicely made and will develop considerably. This will always be a masculine wine, as opposed to some Terraces vintages that possess a bit more finesse.
    Drink Dates: 2012-2018
    Author: Neal
  • Self | Rating: 86

    simple wine, surprising acidity
    Author: Seaway J
  • Self | Rating: 89

    This wine carries a high level of acidity. Acidity did not calm down after hours in decanter. I was hoping that enough fruit would come through to back it up.
    Author: Marty M272
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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California is the heartland of wine production in the US, and the state that brought prestige to American wine thanks to the pioneers who built early wineries like Staglin, Beringer, Ridge, Mayacamas and Chateau Montelena in the 1800s. Its large geographic area ensures a great diversity in growing sites, varieties grown, and quality levels. Generalizations about the state's wines have numerous exceptions; however, a few key facts generally hold true—ample sunshine, dry weather during the growing season, and moderate winters prevail. Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon continue to dominate the state's production—albeit in continually smaller percentages, as growers continue to diversify. More than 100 different varieties can be found throughout the state.

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 320 bottles owned
  • 82 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 90
    (Out of 82 collectors)