2004 Pax Syrah Griffin’s Lair (USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast)

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California, Sonoma, Sonoma Coast, Syrah, USA

Dark garnet red color. Aromas of tar, black currants, chocolate, licorice, blood, pepper, and white flower blossoms. Lots going on. On the palate, the wine is a little more one-dimensional than it is aromatically, and the flavors present are black fruit, blackberry, cassis, tree bark, and autumnal notes mixed with a hint of vanilla. Creamy texture with good acidity. Blockbuster finish. One of the best California Syrahs I have had up to now. Spectacular.

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I am not a professional wine taster, nor do I have any professional training in the wine trade. I am a wine enthusiast who has spent countless hours tasting wines of many different styles. My palate is not aligned with a single wine critic, and I call all wines "as I taste them". My site is a source of tasting notes and wine recommendations as well as warnings without conflict of interest. You'll just have to figure out how your palate aligns with mine. My palate generally tends to veer towards Old-World wines that put a premium on terroir and lovely balance and finesse, rather than raw power...please keep that in mind as you read my notes.

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