Wind Gap Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast 2014 | Inviting & Gorgeous
93AG | Wind Gap Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast 2014 is deep while pliant and incredibly inviting. Delivers a fabulous combination of pliant fruit plus expressive aromatics and superb persistence. In addition, rose petal; mint; savory herbs and game add the closing shades of inflection. While a lot is to be said for the wisdom of blending fruit from different sites to make a complete; balanced wine. As a result, Wind Gap’s foot-stomped appellation-level wines often prove that point eloquently. Most notably as is very much the case here. Proprietors Pamela & Pax Mahle.
Winery | Wind Gap Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast 2014 has delicate aromas of pomegranate strawberries, white flowers, and earth. While a sneaky delicacy of fruit is quickly overcome by dense red and black fruit. In addition spice and earthy aromas of mushrooms and honey. Yet, opens up over time to reveal more sweetness of fruit earthy complexity and long sweet tannins… gorgeous.
Wind Gap Foot-Stomped Wines
All Wind Gap wines are foot-stomped and fermented using natural yeasts. Foot crushing is an imperfect process that contributes complexity and depth of flavor. While ensuring that our whole-cluster fermentations are crushed gently while keeping the stems intact.
Furthermore, Wind Gap allows for the natural yeasts that ride in from each vineyard site on the skin of the grapes. Also, those that fly around our winery to ferment our wines. Most likely each vineyard has its own diverse yeast populations. Hence, resulting in a complex cocktail of yeast varieties that we hope makes every wine we produce a complete and unique experience.
Pamela & Pax Mahle
Named after the forces of nature that shape the wines, Pamela & Pax Mahle established Wind Gap Wines in 2006 with a tiny release that included a wild skin-fermented Pinot Gris, a savory Sonoma Coast Syrah and a zesty coastal Chardonnay that drinks beautifully to this day. Seeking out vineyard sites impacted by coastal wind gaps, the focus is to bottle classically styled wines.
Pam and Pax Mahle moved to wine country in 1997 to pursue careers in wine. After a few years of tasting and sourcing wine from all over California for Dean & Deluca, Pax decided to start his own brand from a vineyard he felt a kismet connection. That vineyard was Alder Springs Vineyard. And after finding an investor to help realize the dream, Pax Wine Cellars was launched in 2000.