Red Wine /// Syrah // Sonoma County / U.S.A.
So, let's get one thing out of the way. The 2017 Syrah Sonoma-Hillsides is not the 2016 (A 100-Point wine - editor). That is not a bad thing, as the 2017 has plenty to offer, and won't be the subject of rabid speculation. In the glass, the 2017 is richer, sweeter and more immediate than the much darker and more brooding 2016, with a distinct red fruit character. Best of all, it will drink well upon release. All things considered, Pax Mahle turned out a brilliant Syrah in 2017 and my guess is that less extreme vintages will provide an opportunity for him to match the 2016 – which, in my view, remains his best wine ever. Vineyard sites are Walker Vine Hill, Nellessen Vineyard, Castelli-Knight Ranch and Griffin's Lair. ANTONIO GALLONI, Vinous
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