2005 Pax Syrah Cuvée Keltie


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  • > North Coast
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Community Tasting Notes 64

  • FLI Likes this wine: (94 points)

    January 3, 2015 - Drinking absolutely great right now. The cork seemed a bit soft, but the wine was pristine - it really showed well in a Riedel pinot glass. Tasty fruit with a big smoky nose. Couldn't stop topping off my glass. Reminded my of Cayuse, for a fraction of the price.

  • BigNightOut wrote: (88 points)

    January 1, 2015 - I preferred the opening profile, which was at a cool cellar temp. Graphite, tar and dark cherries. It became less elegant, gaining considerable heat and a little tannic structure. The wife says "it became more integrated. Early it was wood, then fruit, now they hit you at the same time." I did like the late leather notes. This wine is certainly not near the end of it's days. I'd hold my last until 2016 or later.

  • SeaSmoke wrote: (91 points)

    June 15, 2014 - Similar notes to my 2010 review. This wine is drinking so nicely. Decanted for 60 minutes before drinking. Enjoy!

  • ravbik wrote: (92 points)

    November 28, 2013 - Rich, well-developed Syrah. Tar, mocha, sweet dark cherries. Violet undertones. Mellow tannins. Wish I had more.

  • Frank Murray III wrote:

    September 27, 2013 - 4 years in between bottles. I have drank a lot of syrah since that time, my tastes have also changed so I appreciate revisiting a bottle as this one, especially this vintage of Pax, which I still believe is the best he made. I opened this wine about 90 mins ago, no additional decanting. Classic whole cluster nose of smoke, herbal and florals--really quite distinctive. Texturally, this has some weight but it's balanced by the iron, cherry, tar, menthol, soy and blackberry notes that add a softness to the palate. The acidity feels about right to me now, with this level of aging, and it freshens the fruit and brightens the finish, which shows a gamey/savory note, much like some of the leaner Wind Gap syrahs like the Armagh vineyard that Pax is making today. There is some residual tannin here but I'd say it's mostly integrated at this point and seems like the wine is in the optimum window. Finshed through dinner, where olive and dried flower became more prominent, too. The drink window for me would be now through say 2016. Like the 2005 Castelli-Knight (which is drinking fantastic and is more youthful then this Keltie) and the 2005 Alder Springs Terraces I drank last week (which is doing great), these 2005 Pax wines are just super.

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Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

  • By Josh Raynolds
    May/June 2007, Issue #132 (link)

    (Pax Wine Cellars Syrah Cuvee Keltie North Coast) Subscribe to see review text.

  • By Richard Jennings
    8/12/2009 (link) 91 points

    (Pax Syrah Cuvée Keltie) Very dark red violet color; clove, spice, black fruit nose with a touch of oregano; chewy black fruit, sage, green peppercorn palate with a touch of orange; medium-plus finish

  • By Richard Jennings
    4/14/2007 (link) 92 points

    (Pax Syrah Cuvée Keltie) Barrel sample - purple red violet color; nice herbaceous nose of leather, roasted fruit, white pepper; tight but focused palate of black fruit, fig, pepper, with hints of bacon and tar; medium-plus finish 92-93+ pts.

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2005
  • Type Red
  • Producer Pax
  • Varietal Syrah
  • Designation Cuvée Keltie
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion North Coast
  • Appellation North Coast

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 8 (1%)
  • In Cellars 852 (68%)
  • Consumed 396 (32%)

Food Pairing

roasted duck, short ribs

Who Likes This Wine

88% Like It  8 votes