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This stunning classic Rhone blend (Syrah, Viognier) is an effort from Pax Mahle. This Rich full bodied Syrah is an ode to Cote Rotie in the Northern Rhone, the birthplace of Syrah and Viognier. Coming from the Alder Springs vineyard nestled within Mendocino County this vineyard produces unparalleled fruit with rich, earth driven flavors, and hints of spice. For those who love Old World Syrah and the Northern Rhone style, rejoice because Pax Mahle has found capture the very best of this terroir!
In the 2007 Agharta Black Label is 90% Syrah, 5% Grenache and 5% Viognier/Roussanne. Mocha, plums, espresso, blackberries, tar and licorice all burst from the glass. A huge, massively constituted wine, the 2007 is loaded with personality and character. A rich, voluptuous finish rounds things out. Mahle planned to give the 2007 a whopping 65 months in oak, but the wine appears to be handling the oak well. Stylistically, this is a wine that reflects the vintage and its long elevage more than its varietal character. I can’t wait to see how the 2007 shows once it is in bottle. Today, it is impressive. ~90-92WA
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