Pax Mahle landed in Napa Valley in 1997. Following a stint as a wine buyer at Dean & Deluca, he started producing wines. He particularly focused on cool climate Syrah. With the launch of Wind Gap in Petaluma, he began to focus on lower alcohol Pinot Noir sourced from organic and low-intervention vineyards.
This wine single vineyard wine from the Santa Cruz mountains is located in a high rent district. By way of comparison, Pinot Noirs from neighboring Rhys sell for $120-150/btl. This wine scores higher.
A much more powerful side of the Santa Cruz Mountains comes through in the Amaya. Dark red cherry, plum, licorice, hard candy and spices burst from the glass in an exuberant Pinot loaded with personality. The 100% whole clusters are nearly buried by the sheer richness of the fruit. ~95VM
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