Monday, May 16, 2011

"Kobler Family Wineyards" Syrah Pax 2006

I've was a fan of Pax for quite a while, despite its price, and had a few bottles of this and that squirreled away. Pax closed down, with Pax the winemaker starting Wind Gap Cellars, and Joe Donelan, the other party, starting Donelan Family Cellars. I have yet to try wines from either of these new ventures; perhaps this is a reflection of a change in my tastes, and perhaps this is also a reflection of a change in my knowledge about wine. I no longer feel like I need to spend a lot of money for a good bottle of wine. That's not to say that I can't and sometimes don't if I want to try something, but by and large, I have a self-imposed $30-ish cap, and I frequently don't even exceed that anymore. Not the case when I purchased this bottle. 

This was the last bottle of Pax in my possession. Quite expensive if I remember correctly; somewhere in the $50 range or something like that. No particular reason that I opened this; I kind of had one of those why not moments. I almost opened up a CdP, but decided that this might be a little bit more interesting. Although not as interesting as the Griffin's Lair Syrah that was the last bottle of Pax that I had, this bottle definitely delivered as well. Immediately, this is obvious Syrah. Pepper, bacon, plum and/or blackberry, with a lifted floral background. Good structure, with tannins still obvious and present, but well integrated into the nice structure. Out of curiosity, I looked up tasting notes, because there was something I just couldn't quite place in this wine. Peach. Frankly, ginger peach tea--which makes a lot of sense because of the Viognier in the wine. I'm going to have to check out Wind Gap, because I really like the style and substance of these wines. A little pricey, but this bottle of wine left me a pretty happy dude. If I have one complaint, it's that the bottles are large, heavy, and a waste of resources. I don't think there's much need to have a huge heavy bottle with a really big punt in it. Is there? Does that have any effect on who purchases the wine? I personally don't give a shit, and can't imagine that anyone sane would either. It's another one of those intangibles that just plain don't matter, like color. This wins is awesomely delicious, but it's a B mainly because of the price...I start doing the math on these wines, and it goes something like this: I could have 3 bottles of this cheaper $15 wine, which would make me just as satisfied for the price of this bottle, and that's a better deal.  

2 comments:

Joshiemac said...

Have to say I agree about spending $45 on 1 bottle compared to $15 for three.

Recently I've been exploring domestic rhone blends, and to do so I've pushed my normal price rage up into the $30s and $40s. Though I've enjoyed some of the wines I've tried, and some may have even "merited" a price point at that level, I've found that my visceral enjoyment level didn't necessarily go up with the price. As you mentioned in your post, I'm likely to find 3 wines for $15 or 2 for $20 that I will enjoy just as much as the $40 bottle. Perhaps that's indicative of still learning my way through the world of wine, but that's the way it is.

Tyler said...

Hi Jeff, thanks for the comments on the wine. I would love for you to try the new wines under Donelan, they seem like they would be in your palate preference. As for price, so many things go into it, but honestly we may have to agree to disagree. Given the breadth of wines I've tasted, I think we're offering a decent deal relatively speaking.

All the best,
Tyler Thomas
Winemaker
Donelan Wines