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2004 Pax Wine Cellars Syrah Cuvee Christine Sonoma County
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91 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - May/June 2006

($57; 100% syrah; 15.7% alcohol) Good deep ruby-red. Aromas of black raspberry, violet and sweet new oak, all nicely lifted by a peppery component. Pure dark berry fruit offers a juicy character and very good intensity. A supple, sweet, fruit-driven wine that finishes with substantial ripe tannins and a lingering note of violet. "Pax wine with training wheels," notes Mahle, adding that this cuvee is made from the more forward and less tannic barrels and is designed for use by restaurants.

91 Points | Wine Spectator
90 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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While the grape is currently grown throughout the world, the most elegant Syrahs still come from the Northern Rhone valley, particularly the appellations of Côte Rôtie, Cornas, and Hermitage. Here, steep, terraced vineyards help produce full-bodied, intense, tannic wines loaded with white pepper and red fruit. In the vineyard, Syrah is largely cooperative- vines are productive, but not overly vigorous. Skins are thick, helping the grape...
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