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2008 Wind Gap Wines Chardonnay Sonoma Coast

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5/21/2015 - Zinister wrote: 88 points

Nice, but a bit creamy/yeasty.

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2011 Wind Gap Wines Mourvedre Bedrock Vineyard

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5/19/2015 - stubbie999 Likes this wine: NR

Continues to lead with the grapefruit component, but has added some deeper fruit and Mourvedre funk underneath. All about the acidity here, and the citrus/funk combination makes this pretty fun at the table. Supposedly I have one more in my cellar, but I never can find it. Sad if this is the last bottle - it seems to be hitting its stride.

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2012 Wind Gap Wines Pinot Noir

Sonoma Coast more

5/11/2015 - pjhr Likes this wine: 91 points

Tasty dark cherry, spice, and whole cluster notes on the nose and palate with moderate finish.

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2013 Wind Gap Wines Chardonnay James Berry

Central Coast more

5/9/2015 - A6Rover Likes this wine: 91 points

A super interesting Chard. The fact that it comes from the Paso Robles area belies its restraint and modest alcohol levels. I'm told that there isn't much (if any) new oak in this, but my palate tastes some luscious but balanced creamy flavors that remind me of oak. Although this is drinking very well right now, I'm going to go lay down a few bottles and see how this ages. I anticipate this one goes magical 5 or 10 years down the road. So sad that Berry pulled up the grapes!

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2013 Wind Gap Wines Trousseau Gris Fanucchi Wood Road Vineyard

Russian River Valley more

5/3/2015 - elliotmt Likes this wine: 85 points

Rounded, good fruit, excellent warm day wine.

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2008 Wind Gap Wines Chardonnay Yuen James Berry/Brosseau Vineyards

Central Coast more

5/2/2015 - markcic Likes this wine: 92 points

Really nice chardonnay, light yellow in color, the palate was melon, peach, nectarine, a touch of green apple and a little oak. Really nice finish. I would guess that it is in its prime drinking window and I am glad I waited and happy that I have more.

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2009 Wind Gap Wines Syrah Griffin's Lair

Sonoma Coast more

4/24/2015 - Wine Canuck wrote: 91 points

Friday Night Tasting in Toronto (VinT's Place): Still going strong, though I think at this stage the aromatics aren't quite as punchy as when I tasted this a couple years ago. This nose is of blueberry, violets, smoke, black olive, iodine and caper brine. A great, retrained, cooler climate example, though with loads of blueberry fruit as well. The palate is lush and blueberry driven with hints of darker fruit and a slight marzipan note on the medium plus finish. Moderate tannin and a strong acid presence indicate this should have a long life ahead of it. I really like this profile.

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2011 Wind Gap Wines Mourvedre Bedrock Vineyard

Sonoma Valley more

4/27/2015 - Frank Murray III wrote: NR

My only bottle, wanted something I could pair with salmon last night and given the other CT comments that likened this to a PN, seemed like a good fit. This is for sure fruity, lots of fresh berry and juicy. There is a tangy note to it, like a bit of citrus was infused to it. Has just a touch of leather to add a little something but mainly for me this shows a dominance of juicy, tangy red fruit. Enough acid to age into the future but not sure what that may get us so no harm in doing as others have suggested and fire away at this wine.

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2007 Wind Gap Wines Syrah Castelli-Knight Vineyard

Russian River Valley more

4/25/2015 - Rieslingfan wrote: NR

My initial impressions of this wine were of ripe blackberry and black cherry fruit and a roasted meat quality followed up by warm, fragrant herbs and a hint of bitterness on the finish. As the wine opened up over the course of 30 minutes the herbal elements became more pronounced, and were joined by an earthiness that added to the overall complexity of the wine. I did not pick up much in terms of tannin, at least in comparison to the fruit level, but the wine had sufficient acids to provide structure. Overall it did a very good job of managing its un-Wind Gap 14.9% alcohol, with no heat evident on the nose or palate. I tend to find higher alcohol wines tiring to drink but that was not the case here.

I am looking forward to seeing how it evolves over several hours, and pairs with my grilled steak at dinner. This is my last bottle, so I will not get the opportunity to see how further cellar time treats the wine, but based on this showing I have no fears for at least 3-5 more years.

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2007 Wind Gap Wines Syrah Griffin's Lair

Sonoma Coast more

4/25/2015 - Outplaying wrote: 90 points

I was worried after reading Tooches note but I thought this showed well. Served at around 60 degrees and popped and poured. Not quite as savory as I remembered but also not a simple fruit bomb. There is a good amount of fruit though, mostly darker in tone. Some smokey, cured meat, slight licorice. A little spice on the nose. Some charred, tarry notes. Good acid on the finish and just a little fine tannin remaining. We enjoyed it. This was my last bottle but I think it will drink well for a couple more years.

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2010 Wind Gap Wines Syrah Sonoma Coast

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4/22/2015 - Frank Murray III wrote: NR

Opened this last night. Waited 2 years in between bottles and the aim last night was to grab something savory. I know with these wines I am going to regularly find that quality. Listed at 12.3% abv so it's in the low alc camp, which I also wanted. The aromatic has a burning embers/campfire quality, also an herbal component, both clearly for me from the whole cluster approach that is such a part of the WG wines. Texturally, this is still a little rough, some dusty tannin that wraps around a mix of red and black fruit. Accenting all of that is bloody quality, rosemary, cooked meat and pepper, with a tangy finish. As I have said many times before, one has to really dig this style to enjoy these wines, and I certainly do. No fade on this wine at all and there is plenty of fruit, acid and complex flavor to go for quite a while. With one left, I suppose like the other WG SC syrahs I have going back to 2006, I'll keep the library going and at some point soon, start drinking the 2006 and working my way forward.

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2010 Wind Gap Wines Pinot Noir Gap's Crown Vineyard

Sonoma Coast more

4/21/2015 - pjhr Likes this wine: 93 points

Lovely red berries, earth, and a bit of bacon fat on the nose and palate with lively spice and acidity on the finish.

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2008 Wind Gap Wines Syrah Griffin's Lair

Sonoma Coast more

4/20/2015 - FLI Likes this wine: 88 points

Decent syrah, but lacked distinguishing features.

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2008 Wind Gap Wines Syrah Griffin's Lair

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4/17/2015 - Frank Murray III wrote: NR

Between pjhr and Jeff's recent notes, I wasn't sure what to make of the aging window on this wine. I looked to my last note and given what I had written, let that break the tie. Opened about 30 mins ago, right to the stem with no decanting. Seems pretty ready to me, at least with this amount of air. Plush with some density but not lacking some acidity in my view. Darker fruit tones, some of the whole cluster influence in the aromatic yet some dark chocolate tones in the finish. Plenty left for the next day or so to see if this tightens up or gains a bit of complexity. FWIW, reminds me of older styled Pax, with the dark fruit depth and the stem inclusion married together...adding another day of slow ox air, the wine brightened a bit more, for sure becoming more tangy and adding some savory. There is still quite a bit of dark fruit, but it's mixture of black and red, then all of the things I'd think of with this style of syrah--cooked meat, rosemary, bit of dark coffee. Just a savory, fuller bodied wine that will tang you all up. I'd tend to agree now with both pjhr and Jeff, seeing the wine somewhere in the middle of their ag window assessment, so you could drink this now or age it another couple years.

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2008 Wind Gap Wines Syrah Griffin's Lair

Sonoma Coast more

4/15/2015 - pjhr wrote: 90 points

Lacks the complexity and vibrancy of the 2007.

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2013 Wind Gap Wines Pinot Gris Windsor Oaks Vineyard

Chalk Hill more

4/14/2015 - Nanda wrote: NR

Hmmm, interesting stuff indeed. Dirty salmon color. Nose has earth and some musky floral notes. Palate is more earth with some tart berry fruit. Good juicy acidity. Is this a white wine? A rose? A red? Technically a white I suppose, but definitely has some tannin and structure. Unique and a bit odd.

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2012 Wind Gap Wines Syrah Nellessen Vineyard

Sonoma Coast more

4/13/2015 - suthersm wrote: NR

Wonderful nose. Bright and vibrant. Has plenty of fruit but also some savory characteristics and well as some minerality or a granite quality. Quite seamless. There is a bit too much acidity for the fruit but the acidity is well integrated -- tart but not shrill. Far more enjoyable with food but I was left wishing for just a smidge more richness. Probably my fault, not the wines fault. This was far better than it was on release so more time is likely to improve this dramatically. I'd happily drink another glass of this but wouldn't buy another bottle.

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2010 Wind Gap Wines Chardonnay Sonoma Coast

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4/12/2015 - Nanda wrote: 91 points

Gorgeous aromas of baked apple, crushed stones, salinity and spice. Palate has medium weight fruit and bracing, juicy acidity. Seems to have the structure to age gracefully, but I've thoroughly enjoyed the freshness and flavors of it's youth. Good stuff and great QPR.

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2009 Wind Gap Wines Syrah Sonoma Coast

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4/12/2015 - Minnesota wrote: 91 points

Ripe fruit balanced with soft tannins, seems could tolerate more years of cellaring with no ill effects. Unfortunately, our last bottle.

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2013 Wind Gap Wines Grenache Old Vine Sceales Vineyard

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4/10/2015 - J @ y H @ c k Likes this wine: 91 points

I don't like to use words like elegant in describing wine. Greta Garbo was elegant. Lauren Bacall was elegant. I suppose if you liked to use that word, it would fit here.

This is a very interesting, in a good way, Grenache. Popped and poured 4 hours after delivery to my office at PDH. the color is quite light. The nose is subdued and a bit floral. The palate is a delicate fruit. I thought raspberry, but worried about whether that was mind over matter, I asked the others at the table, all civilians, what fruit they thought of and the all mentioned light berries.

This is aged in a concrete egg. No oak flavors, nothing syrupy, and no one would mistake this for Pax 1.0. I drank a 2005 Pax Syrah the night before, so I know whereof I speak. Has Pax Mahle gone over to the dark side? When I asked him that question a year ago, he said that you just have to make what the vineyard gives you. Well, this vineyard gives up a cold climate, delicate grenache. Not like I have had from CdP, Spain, Paso, etc. It is an elegant expression of the grape. Oops, there I go using that Garbo/Bacall word. You could actually drink this with veal marsala!

PS - ABV = 13.75%

PPS - I just read the Galloni review after writing this. Deep and dense? No way. He must have mixed up his glass with something else.

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2013 Wind Gap Wines Chardonnay James Berry

Central Coast more

4/11/2015 - J @ y H @ c k wrote: 92 points

This is an outstanding wine! WOW. My fastest Pobega. Delivered at 1 pm. Brought to PDH at 4:30 as we bought a drink for the third year law student who has been working for us and who is leaving to take her finals and the bar exam. pure wine flavor with white fruit - some Granny Smith apple and light citrus acidity. Some minerality but not like a Chablis. The others at the table asked about oak. I guessed that there was very little new oak, 25% or less. I sent Pax an email from the table and he responded that there was no new oak at all, which was not a surprise.

This is a very clean and precise chardonnay with none of the intrusive flavors that some people dislike - vanilla, buttered popcorn, cream. If I had to compare, I would say that it is not as austere and sharp as Ceritas, but far away from aubert on the other side of the spectrum. This is a chardonnay that every serious wine drinker can love so long as they abandon Euro-centric label bias.

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2013 Wind Gap Wines Rosé North Coast

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3/3/2015 - Mike Kopanski wrote: 88 points

So how often do we get to taste a Nebbiolo based wine from California, especially a rose? This is good stuff. On one hand it shows a soft, delicate nature, and on the other, a robust, structured and spicy mouth full of flavors. The flavor impression across the palate is a combination of both red and black licorice. Has that soft, whole cluster, no broken skins type of flavor. Young and fresh, yet possessing some nuanced secondary earthy flavors,

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2009 Wind Gap Wines Pinot Noir Gap's Crown & Griffin's Lair

Sonoma Coast more

4/8/2015 - stubbie999 Likes this wine: NR

I hate it when people use Burgundian to describe New World wine. But damn it if this isn't the most Burgundian Pinot I've ever had from California. Dominated by mineral and earth and structure, with beautiful, quiet, well delineated fruit weaving in and out. I'd never had my a-ha moment with Pax's pinots until recently, tasting them with a bit more age. These are pretty damn good.

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2009 Wind Gap Wines Chardonnay James Berry

Central Coast more

4/5/2015 - lee.reiswig wrote: flawed

Very disappointing. Deep golden color when poured. Almost no fruit. Undrinkable.

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2012 Wind Gap Wines Grenache Sceales Vineyard

Alexander Valley more

4/7/2015 - jeffreylubowski Likes this wine: 87 points

Medium red or even dark berries. Strawberry . cherry. Cola. A small sense of candied sweetness. A little tannin and a little heat which surprised me a little considering the wine maker and style. 13.75% which is hi for wind gap. I don't really think many new world grenache are made in this fashion. No barrel, old skool style. Good wine but probly my least favorite wind gap.

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