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Saturday, October 9, 2010

On 2:20 PM by The Bloggers @ 67 Wine   No comments
Hi all,

Recently I was treated to a fine dinner with some friends and an amazing tasting. The wines were all from Pax Cellars, with one exception. Pax is a wine producer that makes amazing Rhone varietal's in several vineyards in California. These events are hosted by an amazingly generous client who helps us to learn and taste while enjoying fine company and great food.

The first wine of the night through a lot of people, I guessed the grape, but not without a lot of work . . At first I wondered if it might be some sort of California Sauvignon Blanc, but then I sensed a slightly different flavor and determined that the notes from wood (vanilla and some tannin) that I was getting actually worked with the wine. After another few minutes I found some of the flavours to be Rhone white style - but without the floral notes that come with Viognier.  This narrowed it down to Marsanne or Roussanne. Having said all of this, I totally got the country wrong- I thought it was a modern producer from the Rhone Valley in France- when in fact the wine came from The Bennett Valley in Sonoma, California.

The Next several wines were red, and all came from the same grape- showing the multitude of terroirs that are available to enterprising producers in California. Starting of with the balanced Syrah Cuvee Christine. This wine was dark, rich and nice with notes of olives and charcol as well as a nice dark fruit. Following that was a bottle of Kobler Family Vineyard, from the Russian River area- a cool climate. This was a great Syrah that showed a very nice notes of bacon fat, blackberry with a nice floral note as well. The third wine was in fact my favorite of the night: Syrah Alder Springs Vineyard The Terraces. This is co-fermented with 3% of Viognier. The wine is aged in 100% new oak- which I don't usually enjoy, but this was not a huge wine and was quite delicous with blueberry and licorice plus hints of violet and a little savage blood element.

The final wine of the night was not from Pax. Always a treat to taste highly rated and rare wines, the final wine of the night was a dessert wine from Sin Qua Non- the Mr K Strawman Vin De Paille from 2000. This wine has a 99 point score from Robert Parkers Wine Advocate. While tasty, I thought it was interesting, but not remarkably complex. Sweet and viscous with marzipan and honey, the wine was quite good with the remarkable chocolate cake it was paired with.

The evening was a great time, with delicious food, great wines and remarkable company. Thanks to all involved.


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