Pax Sonoma-Hillsides Syrah 2017 / 750 ml.

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VN9494 pts. - Vinous - May 2019
So, let’s get one thing out of the way. The 2017 Syrah Sonoma-Hillsides is not the 2016. That is not a bad thing, as the 2017 has plenty to offer, and won’t be the subject of rabid speculation. In the glass, the 2017 is richer, sweeter and more immediate than the much darker and more brooding 2016, with a distinct red fruit character. Best of all, it will drink well upon release. All things considered, Pax Mahle turned out a brilliant Syrah in 2017 and my guess is that less extreme vintages will provide an opportunity for him to match the 2016 – which, in my view, remains his best wine ever. Vineyard sites are Walker Vine Hill, Nellessen Vineyard, Castelli-Knight Ranch and Griffin’s Lair.
JD90+90? pts. - Jeb Dunnuck - December 13, 2018
Reminding me of a san soufre Saint Joseph, the 2017 Syrah Sonoma-Hillsides is all Syrah that was sourced from the Castelli-Knight, Griffins Lair, Walker Viney Hill, and Nellessen Vineyards, saw no destemming, and spent a short ten months in concrete tanks before bottling. This juicy, lively effort offers lots of blue fruits, violets, leafy green herbs, and some leesy notes in a medium to full-bodied, rounded, charming effort that has good acidity. It’s forward and ready to go, and given the wild, slightly natural vibe, I suspect best enjoyed over the coming 4–6 years. (Jeb Dunnuck)

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Primary Grape: Shiraz | All Grapes: 100% Syrah

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VN94 94 pts. / Vinous (May 2019)

So, let’s get one thing out of the way. The 2017 Syrah Sonoma-Hillsides is not the 2016. That is not a bad thing, as the 2017 has plenty to offer, and won’t be the subject of rabid speculation. In the glass, the 2017 is richer, sweeter and more immediate than the much darker and more brooding 2016, with a distinct red fruit character. Best of all, it will drink well upon release. All things considered, Pax Mahle turned out a brilliant Syrah in 2017 and my guess is that less extreme vintages will provide an opportunity for him to match the 2016 – which, in my view, remains his best wine ever. Vineyard sites are Walker Vine Hill, Nellessen Vineyard, Castelli-Knight Ranch and Griffin’s Lair.

JD90+ 90? pts. / Jeb Dunnuck (December 13, 2018)

Reminding me of a san soufre Saint Joseph, the 2017 Syrah Sonoma-Hillsides is all Syrah that was sourced from the Castelli-Knight, Griffins Lair, Walker Viney Hill, and Nellessen Vineyards, saw no destemming, and spent a short ten months in concrete tanks before bottling. This juicy, lively effort offers lots of blue fruits, violets, leafy green herbs, and some leesy notes in a medium to full-bodied, rounded, charming effort that has good acidity. It’s forward and ready to go, and given the wild, slightly natural vibe, I suspect best enjoyed over the coming 4–6 years. (Jeb Dunnuck)

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SKU 89014
Product Type Wine
Alternate Name Pax Sonoma-Hillsides Syrah
Country United States
Region California
District Sonoma County
Product Location - Location-Appellation Sonoma County
Package Size 750 ml.
Proof/Alcohol by Volume 12.9%
Wine/Spirit Brand Pax
Bottles per Case 12
Vintage 2017
Can it Be Shipped Yes
Premier Pick No
Wine Type Table Wine
Wine - Color Red
Grape(s) 100% Syrah
Primary Grape Shiraz
Dollar Sale (Y/N) No
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WS8888 pts. - Wine & Spirits - 02/22
The pungent, licorice-scented fruit of this wine is blanketed in smoky scents. Firm and structured, it needs cellar time to integrate.
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VN9393 pts. - Vinous - Apr 2020
The 2017 Red Blend is a Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot blend, mostly from mountain sites in Napa Valley and about 11% from Knights Valley in Sonoma. Bold and punchy, the 2017 offers an intriguing combination of inky dark fruit and structure. More than that, though, the 2017 offers tons of pure drinking pleasure at a mid-tier price. (Antonio Galloni)
JD9191 pts. - Jeb Dunnuck - 5/21/2020
The 2017 Bootleg Red Wine checks in as 73% Cabernet Sauvignon and 27% Merlot that’s mostly from Howell Mountain, yet includes fruit from Spring Mountain, Knights Valley, and Diamond Mountain. Plenty of crème de cassis, tobacco leaf, cedary herbs, and a touch of chocolate all emerge from the glass of this plump, rounded, undeniably delicious 2017 that does everything right. Enjoy it over the coming 4–6 years. (Jeb Dunnuck)
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The 2017 Syrah Duvarita Vineyard is deep, fleshy and super-expressive. Even so, the tannins are just as formidable. Time in the glass lets the dark red fruit slowly open up, while veins of salinity take on greater presence. More than anything else, I admire the marriage of sheer textural intensity and richness with the mineral-driven cut that is such a Duvarita signature. The 2018 is positively stellar.
RP9595 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 30th Oct 2020
The 2017 Syrah Duvarita Vineyard has an opaque ruby-purple color and singular aromas of boysenberry and Morello cherry fruit with nuances of violet, lilac, licorice and exotic spices. The palate is full-bodied with concentrated, perfectly ripe fruit, grainy and fresh with a very long, very layered finish. 165 cases were made.
JD93+93+ pts. - Jeb Dunnuck - August 4, 2020
Also beautiful, the 2017 Syrah Duvarita Vineyard comes from a site just outside the western border of the Sta. Rita Hills. There are 165 cases made and it has pure red, blue, and black fruits, lots of peppery herbs and meaty notes, medium-bodied richness, and a rounded, layered texture. It reminds me of a top Saint-Joseph. Drink it over the coming decade. (Jeb Dunnuck)
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Colgin IX Estate Syrah 2017 / 750 ml.

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JD9999 pts. - Jeb Dunnuck - January 31, 2020
Lastly, and all destemmed aged 18 months in roughly 70% new French oak, the 2017 Syrah IX Estate needs to be tasted to be believed. It’s hard to understand how this incredible wine was produced in a vintage like 2017. Revealing a deep purple color as well as a monster bouquet of blackberries, orange blossom, smoked meat, bacon fat, and spring flower, it’s deep, full-bodied, and beautifully pure on the palate, with silky tannins and a singular, exotic character. It’s not easy to find, but unquestionably worth the effort! (Jeb Dunnuck)
RP98+98+ pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 31st Oct 2019
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The 2017 Syrah IX Estate is rich and ample on the palate, with tremendous aromatic and flavor intensity. Savory herb, iron, mint, licorice, blood orange and exotic spice infuse the 2017 with tons of character as well as nuance. Inky and sumptuous, with plenty of structural depth, the 2017 hits all the right notes. Like all of the 2017s here, the Syrah needs cellaring. It is such a gorgeous wine.
JS9696 pts. - JamesSuckling.com - Friday, February 14, 2020
What a wonderful red with blackberry, clove, dried-meat and tea aromas. Full-bodied, really fine and polished. It caresses your palate. Chocolate, tiramisu and hints of sandalwood. Intensely flavorful. Super syrah. Drink or hold.
SP9393 pts. - Wine Spectator - Nov 30, 2020
Plush and ripe, featuring jammy blueberry and black cherry flavors, layered with chunky chocolate, toasted cinnamon and smoky meat notes. Finishes with polished tannins. Drink now through 2026. 250 cases made. (Tim Fish)
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