Quaffable yet still serious, this is light and fragrant - almost tipping into rosé territory. Mission (also known as Pais) is one of the oldest varieties found in California and in the right hands can express itself in a similar way to great Gamay. Pax Mahle definitely knows what he's doing here, and this juicy little number is singing with bright red berry fruit, violets, and a spicy kick on the finish.
Pale red/orange in colour, this has a complex, spicy, slightly animal, gamey nose with notes of pepper and iodine under the sweet cherry and berry fruits. The palate is juicy and focused with light red cherry fruit as well as some apple notes, finishing with sour cherry and some grippy tannin. There’s a complex savoury, mineral dimension here too. It has massive drinkability but also some grip and a savoury twist. Such an intriguing wine that is really hard to categorize: I’d probably say it was a dark rosé.