Wind Gap, Sonoma County

Pax Mahle has combed the state to gather a collection of some of the most exciting vineyards for producing the kinds of grapes he loves – Cabernet from Coombsville in South Napa, Chardonnay from the dramatic limestone and granite of Chalone, Grenache from the shale and limestone blanketed hills of Western Paso Robles and Syrah from the windy and cold Sonoma Coast. He works with like-minded growers who embrace the discerning farming practices he believes in. Most of the Californian grapes used by Pax Mahle are located by a "Wind Gap" or are directly influenced by this typical Californian phenomenon. This "Wind Gap" takes place when cold winds blow from the Pacific fill ancient sea beds that are now dry. Pax wanted to dedicate his wine to this natural occurrence that shapes each vintage. As a great admirer of the Northern Rhône Valley wines, and mostly Marius Gentaz and JL Chave, Pax tends to get closer to their styles while respecting the characteristics of his own area. Pax Mahle advocates minimal intervention in the vineyards during the vinification. He was one of the first in California to ferment some of his wines in large egg shape concrete pots and use amphorae for elevage. Wind Gap is distributed exclusively by Wine Source Group in France.

For distribution in France only.

Official website:
http://www.windgapwines.com/

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