Morrell & Co. Wine Catalog

FALL 2018

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xxx | 143 MORRELL FINE WINE AND SPIRITS V ISIT u S AT MORRELLWINE .c OM cALL 800.96.WINES (800.969.4637) a willingness to keep an open mind and experiment whenever possible makes his portfolio one of the most riveting and widely enjoyable in domestic wine today. This brings us to the 2016 Sonoma Hillsides Syrah, a wine that we fell deeply in love with, and began pouring for clients and colleagues, often in a blind setting. We loved watching them swoon over its exotic bouquet and remarkable vibrancy, then guess multiple high-end, cult producers of traditional Syrah from the Rhone before finding out it was PA x . Then Antonio Galloni scored the 2016 Sonoma Hillsides, 100 points–and it disappeared from retail overnight. What inspired Pax to create this wine was a desire to pay tribute to Raymond Trollat, one of the icons and hardline traditionalists of Saint Joseph. The Sonoma Hillsides Syrah is sourced from a mix of the Griffin's l air, Walker v ine Hill and Castelli-Knight Ranch vineyards and fermented whole- cluster and without the addition of any sulfur. This hands-off approach gives the Sonoma Hillsides an energy, verve and exoticism that verges on mesmerizing. We now have the new vintage in hand. The 2017 Pax Sonoma Hillsides Syrah has arrived, and it is stunning. ✦ Pax Syrah Sonoma Hillsides 2017 $55 "...Presented a fresh and exotic bouquet, showing spicy dried florals, cinnamon, sweet lifting minerality... soft-silky textures with a mix of ripe red and black fruits, as purple florals resonated throughout... This is so easy to love..." Eric Guido (1712214) iN T H e S H ad OW OF iTS 100-P O i NT P R ede C e SSOR a t one time an i con of a rich, modern-styled Syrah, then a proponent for cool-climate wines of restraint, and now constantly at work to find the perfect balance between Old World practices and New World ingenuity, Pax Mahle simply never stops trying to break and then rebuild the mold.

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