2009 Lucques Rouge
currant, blueberry, blackberry, strawberry, black currant, dust and leather
spice box, cedar, dark fruit, vanilla, toast, smoke, tobacco and red fruit
"70% Syrah and 30% Grenache sourced from vineyards throughout the North Coast appellation. 100% whole cluster with 100% indigenous yeasts. Aged in stainless and concrete. Total production: 240 cases"
"Light, aromatic and alive with some deep fruit character and major quaffability." - Importer
"Lucques represents Pax Mahle's (of Wind Gap) commitment to maintaining the highest quality standards in his principal brands. These delicious blends may be press lots, declassified barrels or bits and pieces of a trial or experiment from the cellar or even a section of a single-vineyard that was underperforming and harvested in isolation. These hand made wines are blended and cared for in the same cellar and by the same hands as his top wines. Pax bottled these wines for immediate consumption and priced them for daily drinking." - Importer
"Mahle made a name for himself by making big, blockbuster Syrah under the Pax label, but in 2006 - with the harvest of a batch of lean fruit that wouldn't fit into the Pax style - he founded Wind Gap in order to release the wine. Eventually he left Pax winery and their full-throttle approach in search of cooler sites and a more traditional approach to winemaking - two hallmarks of the Wind Gap label." - "California Syrah: Not the Next Big Thing, But Better For It?", Talia Baiocchi (03/14/11)