Pax
Mission Sommers Vineyard2019
CaliforniaUSA

£32.50

Pax, Mission Sommers Vineyard, 2019

Pax
Mission Sommers Vineyard2019
CaliforniaUSA

£32.50

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. 

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Lisse Garnett - wineanorak.com

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.

About Pax

Pax and Pam Mahle believe great wines can only be made from great vineyards, and work with sites they believe have the location, soil, dedicated growers and quality vines to fulfil that potential. They work in a balanced and sustainable way, promoting vineyard health and harmony with nature to produce grapes which fully express their origins. These practices lead to ripe, healthy fruit that requires minimal manipulation in the winery.

Pax's winemaking is gently evolving but remains largely traditional. Grapes are sourced from organically farmed vineyards with low yields, fermentation relies on native yeasts and the wines are aged primarily in neutral French oak. Pax is an homage to the classic wines of France; the wines have a purity of fruit and expression of place, impressively structured yet incredibly balanced.