2005 Pax - Syrah Obsidian 750ml

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Professional Reviews For This Wine


Wine Advocate | Rating: 96

The 2005 Syrah Obsidian Vineyard is from Knight's Valley. This is steep hillside vineyard stuff with a dense, dark purple color, a phenomenally rich nose of brioche, acacia flowers, blackberry, and blueberry jam intermixed with some white chocolate and perhaps hints of fig and truffle. The wine is spicy, full-bodied, incredibly opulent, and thick, even unctuously textured, with great purity and richness. Moreover, the glycerin and viscosity cover up some huge tannins. This is an amazingly big, thick wine, but it still cascades over the palate like a waterfall. This wine should come into its own in several years and drink well for 10-15.

Drink Dates: 2010-2022
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 174

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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 94

($50) Inky ruby. A huge, room-filling bouquet of dark cherry, blackcurrant, candied violet and licorice offers enormous sex appeal and great clarity. Lush, inky and powerfully built, with impressively energetic dark berry and cherry compote flavors. Very fine tannins add support but this is almost too big for its pants. Lovely boysenberry and mulberry flavors are given focus by subtle minerality, with the finish showing outstanding focus and persistence. I was really struck by the mix of ripeness and freshness here.

Author: Josh Raynolds
Issue: Issue 132

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 88

Spicy, with savory, beefy pepper, sage and leather flavors that veer to dryness, ending with a loamy earthiness. Loads of tannins. Tasted twice, with consistent notes. 625 cases made.

Drink Dates: 2009-2013
Author: James Laube


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Collector Reviews For This Wine


Rating: 100
Author: tommy
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 09/02/2010

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Rating: 96
Author: Patrick
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 02/07/2015
Great stuff-olive bacon fat licorice

Rating: 96
Author: Stewart
Trust Rating: 91
Tasted On: 10/15/2011

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Average rating: 93, based on 6 reviews

Collector Data For This Wine

1273 bottles owned by 433 collectors.

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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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Wine Varietal: Syrah


While the rest of the world is calling it "Syrah," Australia and South Africa stick to "Shiraz," their name for the same grape. Previously it was thought that the name Shiraz originated from a city in Persia where the Syrah grape was believed to have originated. Recently U.S. and French researchers demystified the name debate when they discovered that the Syrah grape was indigenous to France. Intense, robust and sometimes referred to as "manly," Syrah grows principally in the Northern Rhone. The spicy, peppery grape also grows abundantly in Australia, South Africa, and California, where it takes on a softer, thicker character than its French version. Typical descriptors for Syrah include blackberry, dark chocolate, mint, eucalyptus, smoked meat, black pepper, liquorice, and cloves.

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