93pts, Vinous
Game, smoke, leather, iron, blood, licorice and a host of feral notes give the 2016 Syrah Armagh Vineyard its distinctive personality. Rustic, brooding and deep, the 2016 is a decidedly a wild wine. The Armagh is beautiful, but it also lies on the eccentric side.

WHY WE LOVE IT
  • BLEND
    Syrah
  • APPELLATION
    Sonoma Coast
  • ALCOHOL
    13.50%
  • SIZE
    750ml

Do you fancy yourself a terroir-driven, at times funky-wine loving, perhaps, hipster even, oenophile? Even if those labels don’t apply, don’t even think about skipping out on this very small lot offer on what is truly a steal at the $16 price (we feel like thieves in the night, hustling like bandits to get these cases to our warehouse floor!).

""Rustic, brooding and deep, the 2016 is a decidedly a wild wine. The Armagh is beautiful, but it also lies on the eccentric side.” - Vinous, 93pts

Eccentric! Brooding! Rustic! Wild! So many descriptors to love here. How are we even able to offer a 93pt wine at 64% off?! It’s madness!

Winemaker Pax Mahle is a darling of the wine community with his approach to making honest, authentic wines with minimal additives and winemaker influence. He manages to find extreme vineyard sites with a “wind gap” where the grapes benefit from brisk, gusty breezes, allowing for nuanced flavor development and resulting in a truly distinctive palate of site.

The Armagh Syrah is just that. With it’s plot located in the fairly newly created Petaluma Gap AVA where wind and fog rule the roost along with a plethora of other weather challenges, the concentrated notes you get out of this wild wine are astounding. Blackberries, plums, game, chimney smoke, leather, anise are just a few to name. Let it cellar for a few more years and who knows what surprises will turn up. It’s a powerful, yet as Vinous says, brooding wine, that we just adore.

Get it while you can. 64% off! 93pts! Madness!

TASTING NOTES 

Deep and powerful, find notes of blackberries, plums, game, chimney smoke, leather and anise.

THE STORY TO KNOW

Wind Gap is not about making the ""perfect"" wine. It's about making honest, authentic and compelling wine from special vineyard sites. What interests them about wine is what makes it different-the subtle nuances and characteristics that tell a particular wine's story, regardless of appellation.

They've combed the state to gather a collection of some of the most exciting vineyards for producing the kinds of grapes they love - 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. Along the way, they've been lucky enough to meet and work along with like-minded growers who embrace the discerning farming practices they belive in.

Interestingly enough, many of their vineyards are planted along or are directly influenced by one wind gap or another. These geological breaks in the coastal hill funnel wind inland and strongly influence the growing and ripening fo our grapes. It seemed only fitting to them that their name should celebrate the forces of nature that are shaping their wines.