2007 Wind Gap "Griffins Lair" Sonoma Coast Syrah
Wine & Spirits
Wind Gap is Pax Mahle's latest project, based on vineyards located at gaps in the coastal hills where inland heat draws the cool ocean air over the vines. Griffins Lair is in the Petaluma Wind Gap, a southwest-facing slope planted on coarse gravel and rock. The conditions restrain the young vines (02 was the first vintage), bypassing the clumsy vigor new plantings often express and creating a youthful brilliance instead. The structure is racy, opening up as the scent of the wine grows more compelling with each sip. It has the crush of black pepper intersecting with the saltiness of cured meat, or, more directly, the saltiness of coastal air. Enjoy this bottle over the course of several days to catch the evolution it may parallel in the cellar.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
(100% whole clusters used) Wild, pungent aromas of boysenberry, sassafras, potpourri and smoky Indian spices, with a strong mineral undertone. Sappy, sharply focused red and dark berry preserve flavors are weighty but show no excess fat, with silky tannins adding structure. The finish is refreshingly nervy and packs a serious punch, echoing the sweet dark berry and smoke notes strongly. This could only be syrah.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2007 Syrah Griffin’s Lair reveals abundant aromas of blackberries intermixed with hints of camphor, asphalt, roasted meats, herbs and black olives. This medium to full-bodied, rich, concentrated, moderately tannic Syrah is capable of lasting 10-15+ years. (RP)
Complex flavors of blackberry, wild berry, cedar, spice and chicory are full-bodied and focused, with a minerally edge turning to tar and ending with chewy, gripping tannins that turn cedary as well. (JL)
Winery Notes: "Wind Gap is not about making the “perfect wine” it is about making honest, authentic and compelling wine from special vineyard sites. What interests us about wine is what makes it different- the subtle nuances and characteristics that tell a particular wine’s story, regardless of appellation. Many of our vineyards are planted along or are directly influenced by one wind gap or another. These geological breaks in the coastal hills funnel wind inland and strongly influence the growing and ripening of our grapes. It seems only fitting to us that our name should celebrate the forces of nature that are shaping our wines."