2003 Pax "Alder Springs Vineyard" Mendocino County Syrah
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Readers should not confuse The Terraces with the 2003 Syrah Alder Springs Vineyard, which is made from a completely different block of Syrah in the expansive Alder Springs Vineyard. The latter effort is a bigger wine (16.3% alcohol compared to 15.8% for The Terraces), boasting gorgeously opulent blackberry liqueur notes intermixed with notions of charcoal and licorice. Silky-textured, fleshy, and fat, this cuvee is bursting with fruit, glycerin, and character. It should be drunk over the next 7-8 years. (RP)
An amazing Syrah, with a dense and chewy, yet plush and polished core of blackberry, wild berry, pomegranate and beefy espresso flavors. Young and unbridled, it keeps a tight focus while the flavors unfold gracefully, ending with ripe, fine-grained tannins and a spicy beef carpaccio edge. Drink now through 2012. 183 cases made. (JL)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
16.3% alcohol) Reserved nose hints at dark fruits and smoke. Broad and supple but not at all sweet despite its chocolatey richness. Large-scaled and mouthfilling but not heavy. A big boy, finishing with major, horizontal tannins and strong, fresh black fruit flavors.