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.