Decently structured; has shed its youthful fruit. Blueberry/blackberry jam, tar, herbs, hints of bacon fat on the nose. Palate needs some air to flesh out, with dark fruit and spice, but just a bit hollow in the middle as the fruit has faded a touch. Pleasantly bitter acidity and light tannins appear toward the end; short finish.
This delivered the goods. Unlike the 08's aroma which I thought was overbearing and too pruney, this had an amazing bouquet and was full, integrated, and rich and yet light at the same time. Drank over two nights and loved it.
dark purple, high alcohol nose& bitter blueberry at first,then starting to open up after 4 hours in decanter with blackberry notes still tannic but going very well with grilled herb marinated butterflied leg of lamb
By far my favorite of the Pax/Donelan SVD syrahs. The nose is very expressive with darker fruits (plum, blackberry) and floral components. The wine is larger in style but feels light on its feel. The tannins are sweet and silky.
I was ready to be disappointed, but this delivered pretty well. Ripe and sweet, but pleasantly so, and showing some lift and complexity beyond the sweetness. Without the stemmy tannic edge of some Pax. Pretty solid showing for the flagship bottling by Pax.
still very young. decanted for several hours beforehand but still had to breath further in the glass before opening up. blueberries still dominate. terrific wine that will only get better as it matures.
Decanted for 6 hours before dinner, and I concur with Knicksfan (about the wine, not the Knicks): not enough time. In the glass, maroon at the rim fading immediately to impenetrable black. On the nose, a blast of blackberries with hints of lavender. On the palate, a core of blackberries with pronounced mineral and saline notes, with a finish that begins smoothly, followed by a rush of tannins. Tooth-staining and saturated, but not a fruit bomb by any means. I think there are several years of aging ahead before it's clear where this one is headed.
Inky, dark and rich. Notes of lavendar flowers complimented the dark berry nose. On the palate blackberry fruit, plum, lavendar, coffee, earth and notes of lavendar. Velvety tannins helped this thick wine coat the palate. Excellent syrah, will drink my last one in 2014.
decanted for an hour before attempting to drink. very promising blueberry nose. fruit was tight although it started opening in the glass. very pleasant taste without being in your face. i haven't reviewed my note of 2 years ago but i suspect that i said much the same. clearly one of my favorite pax wines along with obsidian.
Seven hour decant and two hours for consumption - and it wasn't enough. This is the real deal, lots of purple fruit and a strong backbone that can use a few more years in the cellar but was pretty awesome tonight
Popped and poured - very tight at opening giving up little. After about an hour in the decanter it started to show its stuff. Food helped bring it along and by the time the bottle was empty (about 2 hours) it was delicious. But I will wait at least another year or two before I open another.
Decanted 8 hours. Deep, opaque purple/black color. Wow! By far the best Pax I've had and among the best American Syrahs I've had. Profound, complex nose of blue and black berries, scorched earth, coffee, and floral notes. Similar profile on the palate with sweetness on the finish. Still has lots of tannins to shed but in a few years this wine will go from "wow" to double "wow." 96+
Still very young -- fairly tannic and a bit reserved right now. Rating is based on current tasting with an upward tilt due to possible future potential. Maybe not fair, but had alongside a Shafer HHS 02, which also saw 30+ months in oak. The Pax just was not in the same league right now.