Dinner with a visitor from overseas that wanted to drink California wine. While I neither prefer nor purchase this genre of wine anymore, I have to say this was quite good. Big and powerful, but complex and by no means over extracted or over oaked. A nice wine that is aging well and I think will continue to improve.
This really, really needed air to show itself, and it is fantastic. Fruit-forward with appealing lushness, but there's so much balance and counterweight too. Rises into smokey, flinty notes with bright acidity and chewy soft tannins. It doesn't dazzle with mulifaceted depth, but there's plenty to contemplate and enjoy. Can't emphasize enough what a few hours of air did for this. In a great spot now, but no rush to drink.
Popped and poured from mag for Thanksgiving. The evolved fruit in this individual wine offers jagged edges of citrus-noted coffee, blackberries, and roasted spices, with the slightest spritzy impression. Drink in the next 12 months.
If you are looking for a big and jammy Pax, this is not it. More along the line of a balanced Rhone than anything out of CA. It has enough complexity but lacks depth. Finishes a bit short for a wine in this price range.
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