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2006 Pax Syrah Cuvée Christine

Syrah

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  • California
  • Sonoma County
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Community Tasting Notes 56

  • Neecies Likes this wine:

    July 10, 2021 - Opaque blackish maroon color with black raspberry fruit, roasted meat, sagebrush, and minerals. More youthful than expected for age, silky texture. A perfect intersection of Northern Rhone and California. Outstanding.

  • rpenn77 Likes this wine: 93 points

    April 27, 2020 - Excellent example of a mature Syrah with loads of dark fruit.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • mike l. Likes this wine: 93 points

    August 18, 2019 - i love these older pax syrahs. theyre like cote rotie meets nor cal coast. minerals and herbs and darkness.

    2 people found this helpful Comment
  • brettay Likes this wine: 92 points

    June 12, 2019 - A perfume of crushed black raspberries and violets. Quite youthful when opened but after a bit of time a band of minerals balance out the fruits and give the wine some nice structure. Roasted meats and tobacco round out the flavors. Most of these early Pax wines were intense bruisers in their youth. Thirteen years later it still has power but it is more balanced and transparent. I really like the perfumed aspect of the wine here.

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  • TomH wrote: 92 points

    February 1, 2019 - Youthful color, purple black. Has that interesting mix of savory (meat/smoke/leather) and fruit aromas that the Copain Syrahs from the same era had. Initially this was downright grapey; I was at a child's birthday party my first reaction was that it smelled like Fanta grape soda that was served. That thankfully passed, and grew into more adult (and interesting aromas) that one would expect from a medium aged Syrah from the North Coast - spice, purplish black fruit, and meaty aromas. Palate is surprisingly tannic, plenty of plum-y and even grape-y fruit, but good length. No sign of the prune aromas that others have reported, and this seems like it would be find for a few more years but unlikely to gain anything.

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  • By Josh Raynolds
    May/June 2008, IWC Issue #138 (link)

    (Pax Wine Cellars Syrah Cuvee Christine Sonoma County) Subscribe to see review text.

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  • By Jon Rimmerman
    7/11/2008 (link)

    (PAX Cuvee Christine) Friday SPECIAL Dear Friends, This week's Friday SPECIAL list is one of the best in a while - there's something for everyone and all are worth consideration, especially at the prices - about the same as at the cellar door for each (or lower). All of the items below have exemplary provenance and have been stored under ideal conditions. With the state of the Euro, most on this list took a lot of cajoling so I hope you support it. PLEASE BE PATIENT with Niki on final allocations - there could be a fairly large response due to pricing: 1999 Giuseppe Lonardi Amarone della Valpolicella 1.5lt STRICT LIMIT 2/person Yes, this is a magnum. A crazy price. 2000 Giuseppe Lonardi Amarone della Valpolicella 1.5lt STRICT LIMIT 2/person Much better than the touted 2001 - Also a magnum. Another crazy price. 2006 Pax Syrah "Cuvee Christine" STRICT LIMIT 3/person Let's see, last year's Cuvee Christine was a WA95 and Josh Raynolds already gave this a 93 in the IWC, making it one of the highest scoring of his review (Parker hasn't rated the 2006 yet). At this price, I don't think our parcel will last very long... 2006 Georges Vernay Condrieu "Coteaux du Vernon" STRICT LIMIT 2/person This one isn't about price - the wine has become so hard to obtain that I'll take what I can get. One of the grand dames of Europe, a simply surreal drinking experience on par with the world's finest white wines. Singular and captivating in the way that 1989 Laville-Haut Brion is as well. 2005 Domaine Raymond Usseglio Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Imperiale STRICT LIMIT 6/person 2005 Violot-Guillemard Pommard 1er Cru "Les Platieres" (BH88-91) STRICT LIMIT 3/person This is not the generic Pommard... One of the best prices out there for a 2005 Pommard 1er and a wine I've enjoyed since the original barrel tastings all the way to bottle. Should age beautifully. 1999 Il Ciliegio Vin Santo 500ml (Riserva) No, this is not a joke - maybe the best dessert wine deal we've ever offered on something this limited...cinnamon, candied clementine, almonds...should I go on? Can be left open for a week or more with little if any degradation - I left mine open for a month. At this price, guilt-free experimentation is easy... Thank you, Jon Rimmerman Garagiste Seattle, WA Italy7511 Italy7512 Italy7513 CA6100 Rhone5640 Rhone5650 Burg6280

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2006
  • Type Red
  • Producer Pax
  • Varietal Syrah
  • Designation Cuvée Christine
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion Sonoma County
  • Appellation Sonoma County

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  • Pending Delivery 8 (1%)
  • In Cellars 529 (48%)
  • Consumed 558 (51%)

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