(Better late than never?)
I stumbled across Pax Cellars a little over a year ago, when R.P. raved about the 2004 Syrah’s, and I must admit, I usually don’t spend $300 on 5 assorted bottles of wine I haven’t tried, but thanks to Bob, my confidence was there, and I made the purchase. These wines didn’t disappoint, and although expensive, they do offer a pretty good incentive to purchase again, as this wine is well made. The following are my notes on the 2004 Cuvee Christine. Thanks Tim for hosting!
Winery : Pax Cellars
Varietal: 100% Syrah
Notes: A classic California Syrah, this burgundy color wine has a beautiful aroma of Anise, Blackberry, Forest Floor and pepper, with a nice mouth-feel and flavors of Mushroom, Leather, and blackberry notes, medium tannins, and a lingering finish. It’s still young, but has a certain velvet character that allows for drinking now.
Score: 90 pts
WBW #31 Box Wines & Non-Traditional Packaging
WBW #31 Announcement
Finally, an excuse for me to buy box wine. I’ve literally stood in Target in the wine isle, debating whether or not to grab a box for minutes on end, almost picking one up, to find my other hand quickly slapping it away. As an amateur wine writer/reviewer I feel responsible to try new wines, and put prejudice aside, but it’s so hard for me to spend money on wine in cardboard. Well, now I have to, as Roger from Boxwines.org has asked us to broaden our horizons this next month, and only drink wine from a box.
Will I live? Check back on March 14th to find out!
VitiVini is a newer card game that challenges the knowledge of wine geeks. A play on the Latin name for the wine grape, Vitis vinifera, Viti Vini offers a Trivial Pursuit style question and answer challenge. Players take turns answering wine related questions, while gathering cards and coins, in the hopes of amassing 7 fact cards which must be “purchased” to win.
My wife and I had a chance to play this game, sent as a press sample, and we both realized that the player with the most wine knowledge has a clear advantage. The fact cards contain a plethora of information, although we did find one card that had an answer that didn’t match up. Overall, it’s a nice game, but I would say it is best played with fellow wine geeks.
In what has turned into a bit of a political fiasco, wineries in California’s largest un-subdivided AVA are at odds over how the region should be divided and defined. Some support a simple East and West subdividing, while others feel there should be up to 11 different areas. American Viticultural Areas (AVA’s) are used to help customers determine characteristics a wine will have if it comes from a winery in a certain region.
Opposition toward a blanket AVA like “West Paso Robles” is fueled by critics who say there is more diverse soil, climate, and topography in the region which would warrant unique AVA’s. On the other side, some would inevitably lose business if certain AVA’s were known to produce a higher quality product, slowly pushing lesser known areas into the background.
I’ve always felt that Paso has needed subappellations, especially since wineries on the West side seem to be producing a more outstanding product. Even so, when on the West side, consumers must be discerning, as not all producers are created equal. Perhaps more AVA’s would help make the decision at the shelf easier.