2015 Wind Gap Sonoma Coast Syrah (Previously $36)

SKU #1382728 94 points Vinous

 The 2015 Syrah (Sonoma Coast) is a very serious wine. Then again, in 2015 proprietor Pax Mahle did not bottle his Armaugh, Majik or Walker-Vine Hill vineyard designates. The little fruit he was able to harvest off those sites when into this, the appellation-level Syrah. A big, tannic wine, the 2015 possesses notable depth and structure. Black fruit, smoke, iron, blood and savory herbs are some of the signatures in this bold, pungent Syrah. This is one of the many gems in the Wind Gap range. (AG)  (3/2017)

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By: Adam Winkel | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/5/2018 | Send Email
This has lovely aromatic interest and stemmy spice on the nose that always gets me going. At this drinking stage, I don't see the oversized scale and tannin that the Galloni review suggests... it's deceptively medium-bodied on the savory, dark-fruited, and detailed profile. A measure of restraint in the ripeness and winemaking make this Syrah pleasant to sip but the juicy acidity makes it particularly versatile with food. A beastly red meat dinner isn't a prerequisite here, but you might feel inspired.

By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/3/2018 | Send Email
My personal favorite wine we bought from Wind Gap in this latest run of ludicrous deals - The 2015 Sonoma Coast Syrah illustrates just how good Pax Mahle is at crafting cool climate Syrah. If you need anymore proof...Vinous dropped a perfect 100 point score for another of Pax's Sonoma Syrahs earlier this year! Due to historically low yields in 2015, this bottling contains the fruit that typically goes into single vineyard designates for $45+. Combine that with our 50+% discount off the original SRP of $36 and this is another not-to-be-missed opportunity to stock up on a highly rated wine for a budget friendly price point. Lifted aromatics of dark forest berries, black peppercorns, rose petals and smoked meat. Medium plus bodied with lovely fruit, tannin, acid balance. Effortless poise and composure, every element clicks. This wine certainly has the stuffing to go 10 years...but I think it's drinking beautifully right now and will be serving some up to friends and family this holiday season for sure. Enjoy!

By: Blake Conklin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/1/2018 | Send Email
Spending several years in Sonoma County, Wind Gap hold a special place in my heart, as it was a tasting room me and my friends would frequent in the Barlow in Sebastopol. So seeing it at K&L and at such an outstanding value makes me happy. I've always been a firm believer that cooler climate syrahs is the way to go, and the Sonoma Coast from Wind Gap showcases this beautifully. Perfect with steak (of course) yet I really don't mind drinking this sans food. Worth a whirl, for the California wine lover.

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- One of France's noblest black grape varieties, Syrah is known for its intense and distinctive perfume reminiscent of briar fruit, tar, spice and black pepper and its firm structure. One of few black grape varietals frequently vinified on its own, the best examples of Syrah come from the Northern Rhône, particularly Hermitage, but also Côte-Rôtie, Cornas, Crozes-Hermitage and St-Joseph. These wines are very astringent in their youth, though some Crozes-Hermitage and St-Joseph can be enjoyed young, relatively speaking. Given the requisite patience, though, these wines can reveal amazing complexity and secondary fruit characteristics like plum and blackcurrant as well as subtle hints of smoke and flowers. In the Southern Rhône, Syrah is used to add structure and complexity to wines dominated by Grenache and complemented by Mourvèdre, like the more immediately drinkable Côte du Rhônes, as well as the long-lived wines of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. In recent years, plantings of Syrah have spread throughout the Languedoc-Roussillon where it is produced on its own or blended with other varietals. Outside of France, the most important Syrah growing country is easily Australia, where it is called Shiraz. Quality levels here depend greatly on yields and geography, and the wines range from bold, fruity and easy-drinking to intense and ageable, like the famed Penfolds Grange. Often bottled on its own, in Australia Syrah is also can be blended with Grenache and Mourvèdre, as in the Southern Rhône, and is increasingly combined with Cabernet Sauvignon. Syrah has also been steadily increasing in popularity in California, thanks to a group of advocates called the Rhône Rangers. Its most successful iterations come from the Central and Sonoma Coasts, where winemakers are pushing boundaries and creating some incredible wines. In recent years Syrah has also found a number of proponents in Washington State, which is definitely a region to watch for this variety.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world.


- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year.
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Sonoma County

- Second in fame only to Napa, this "other" valley offers just about every climate and topography imaginable. From its cool and fog-enshrouded coastal regions on the far west, to the sprawling Alexander Valley on the boarder of Napa and the many little dips and peaks in between, Sonoma has been a vital wine-grape-growing region since the mid 1800s. Important sub-AVAs include Chalk Hill (known for chardonnay and sauvignon blanc), Dry Creek Valley (where zin is king) Knights Valley (largely cabernet land), Russian River Valley and Sonoma Coast (both celebrated pinot and chardonnay zones).
Alcohol Content (%): 12.8