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There has been some subtle shift, but Pax is still for the bigger wines from the warmer sites. In the end it’s about site, not style, and working with what the vineyard gives you. I’m trying to make subtle perfections as I tweak things, not huge pendulum changes in style. Still, that notwithstanding, I’d rather pick on the underripe side than the overripe side of things. There’s always decision making in the process, and I’d rather not go over ripe, then have to water back or acidify or manipulate it in some way to fix the wine. But on the flip side, wines don’t just make themselves. Even deciding not to do something is a decision, and thus interventionist in a way.
– Pax Mahle, Proprietor

Pax Wine Cellars began with Pax and Pam Mahle when they moved from the East Coast to California after Pax got a corporate position sourcing wine for Dean & Deluca. After a couple of years in that position, Pax decided to begin winemaking as a profession and launched Pax Wine Cellars in 2000. Pax Wine Cellars is known for cool climate Syrah bottlings from vineyards in Sonoma County and Mendocino, and well received by critics as well as connoisseurs.

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