Pax Mahle Wines, Trousseau Gris 2021, Fanucchi-Wood Vineyard, Russian River, Sonoma County, CA
Bright, fresh and clean, with supple yellow and white tree fruits, pronounced floral aromatics, and exotic spices, this alpine-style California “grey Riesling” is fun and summery.
COUNTRY: United State of America (USA)
APPELLATION (AVA): Russian River Valley
REGION: Sonoma County
VINEYARD: Fanucchi-Wood Vineyard
GRAPES: Trousseau Gris
SOIL: Sandy loam, low pH, low fertility
PRACTICE: Organic farming, dry-farmed
VINIFICATION: Concrete fermentation with indigenous yeasts, stainless steel and neutral French oak
COLOR: Pale peach
BODY: Light (1-2)
PRIMARY AROMAS: Bright but creamy, strawberry, watermelon, floral notes, spice
FLAVOR: Weighty texture, stone fruit, pleasant acidity on the finish
FORMAT: 750 ml
SERVICE AND SUGGESTION: Enjoy with poached fillet of sole or flounder with a white wine saffron sauce, or sweetbreads, or a summer sprouts salad with steamed tofu, edamame, and a light soy dressing.
ABOUT THE PRODUCER:
Pax and Pam Mahle moved to wine country in 1997 to pursue careers in wine. After a few years of tasting and sourcing wine from all over California for Dean & Deluca, Pax decided to start his own brand from a vineyard he felt a kismet connection. That vineyard was Alder Springs Vineyard, and after finding an investor to help realize the dream, Pax Wine Cellars was launched in 2000.
The Mahles decided to make a bold choice by favoring the “untapped potential” of the Syrah grape. The entire lineup of wines came from cool climate vineyards in Sonoma County and Mendocino. The wines were big, rich expressions of Syrah that went on to be highly sought after and quickly established Pax as one of California’s premier producers of Syrah.The Pax brand continued to grow, however there was a rift in partner relations. In 2008, after a lengthy legal battle, Pax Wine Cellars was dissolved, and the Pax brand was put on hold for a few short years. In the meantime, the Mahles were focusing on their up-and-coming brand Wind Gap. Wind Gap was started as an outlet for experimentation with esoteric varietals and wines that did not fit the Pax portfolio. Wind Gap quickly became a success in its own right and recently brought in investors Charles and Ali Banks to help guide Wind Gap to the next level.
Now it’s 2014 and Pax and Pam are ready to re-launch their eponymous label with the original all-star line up of Alder Springs, Castelli-Knight Ranch and Griffin’s Lair Syrahs. It seems everything has come full circle.
ABOUT THE VINEYARDS:
“Tucked away in the Russian River Valley, we stumbled upon this small parcel of Trousseau Gris (a rising star after years of relative anonymity) in 2009 and haven’t looked back. Originally known as Gray Riesling, this is one of the only standing plots of Trousseau Gris remaining in California. Usually our first crush of harvest, the fruit arrives any array of colors from green to purple to orange.”