Wind Gap, Sonoma County

Before he passed the estate on, Pax Mahle combed all California to gather a collection of some of the most exciting vineyards for producing the kinds of grapes he loved – 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 worked with like-minded growers who embrace the discerning farming practices he believed in. Most of the grapes are located by a "Wind Gap" or are directly influenced by this typical Californian phenomenon which 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, Mahle wanted to get closer to their styles while respecting the characteristics of his own area, advocating minimal intervention in the vineyards during the vinification. He was one of the first in California to ferment 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.

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