This Syrah from Wilde Farm was made with fruit from the famed Cardiac Hill Vineyard in Sonoma's Bennett Valley AVA and crafted by master-winemaker Pax Mahle who is, perhaps, better known for his work at Wind Gap and his eponymous Pax label. Lower in alcohol and much more balanced and refined than most California Syrah, this wine owes much of its inspiration to the Northern Rhone of France. Beautifully fragrant and layered notes of fruit, spice, and earth - in perfect harmony - this is a sophisticated Syrah that will keep you coming back for more. 96% Syrah co-fermented with 4% Viognier. Bottled unfined and unfiltered. 94pts and Editor's Choice from Wine Enthusiast. 380 cases produced.
"Pax Mahle makes Wilde Farm wines. He has a light touch and a craftsman’s approach. Together, we work hard to ensure that Pax has the best materials available and that as a team we screw it up as little as possible. We source grapes from old vine, low yield sites, where soil, climate and honest farming practices allow for a full expression of the type of grape and the place the grapes come from. We only offer vineyard designated wines (so far).We pick when the grapes are ripe and ready. Yeasts are ambient, oak is neutral and fermentation happens at its own pace. We sometimes include stems in the primary fermentation, when it makes sense. We bottle our wines unfined and unfiltered. We sell them when we think they are delicious." - Loren and Amy Grossman, Proprietors
Wilde Farm was a place long before it was a wine. Built in 1907 on the estate of Samuel Wilde, a successful coffee and spice trader, Wilde Farm began as a horse farm, with a generous kitchen garden of vegetables and herbs. Much like its eponymous wine, the house was expertly crafted of honest materials and made to age gracefully. About twenty years ago, Wilde Farm proprietors, Loren and Amy Grossman, took over custody of Wilde Farm. There they raised three beautiful boys, in the only home they have ever known. Wilde Farm makes wines from old vines and exceptional vineyards in very small quantities under the expert winemaking hand of Pax Mahle. The wines are bright, balanced, and made by hand with an emphasis on balance of acid and fruit. The wines have received substantial critical acclaim and we're proud to have them in the Winestyr portfolio.More from this winery
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