Red Wine /// Syrah // California / U.S.A.
Pax Mahle is widely regarded as being California's top Syrah producer. Having started out as a retailer, he taught himself winemaking and popped up on the radar of America's most famous wine critic Robert Parker. He then bit the hand that had fed him and denounced the Parker Wine Style (typically quite big, alcoholic, oaky and extracted) and said he would try to make balanced, terroir-driven wines that more closely mirrored the Northern Rhone. 'The Hermit' is named after the legend of the Hermitage Hermit on the Northern Rhone and like Northern Rhone Syrah is laced with flavours of bacon fries (not a typo) and black cherries. This is dense and muscular, one for the cellar. STSWine