($45; a 51/33/16 blend, fermented 100% with whole clusters) Bright ruby. Pungently spicy nose shows vivid, perfumed raspberry, boysenberry, Asian spice and floral scents. Sweet and enveloping, with a lovely precise touch of minerality leavening the wine's substantial, alluringly smoky red and dark fruit flavors. Finishes strong, with resonating spice and floral qualities and slow-building tannins. Mahle told me he was looking at Vieux Donjon for inspiration here.
Author: Josh Raynolds
Issue: May/June 2010
Wine Advocate | Rating: 90
From Pax Mahle's new operation, the 2007 Grenache, Mourvedre, Syrah James Berry Vineyard (51%, 33%, and 16% respectively) exhibits a southern Rhone-like bouquet of kirsch, lavender, pepper, sandalwood, spice, and berries, a dark ruby color, medium body, and an excellent finish. Drink it during its first 4-5 years of life.