Tonight we host what we hope is the first of many pairing dinners in Abajo, our private dining room. I can think of no better winery than Wind Gap to kick things off. Pax and Pamela Mahle are good friends and make delicious wine, so when we opened Comal I reached out to them about occupying one of our tap slots, which they’ve done for the past year to rave reviews. Pax has cultivated relationships with some of the most legendary vineyards in northern California, from Paso Robles to Sonoma, many of which grow interesting, lesser-known varietals, and with these grapes he crafts distinctive wines with great finesse.
The dinner tonight has been sold out for some time, but I couldn’t resist sharing some recent rave reviews that Wind Gap received from the Wine Advocate for two of the wines Pax will be pouring tonight.
2010 Chardonnay Brosseau Vineyard, Chalone (95 Points):
…one of the great wines of the year. Crushed rocks, gun flint, graphite, lemon and green pears are all alive in the glass. The 2010 is ultimately all about energy, tension and pure minerality, qualities that aren’t often associated with California Chardonnay, but that are very much present here.
2011 Pinot Noir, Gaps Crown Vineyard, Sonoma Coast (92 Points):
Dark red cherries, flowers, mint, spices and licorice all flesh out in an expressive, generous Pinot Noir that captures the very best qualities of the year. In 2011, 75% of the wine was aged in concrete eggs, an unusual approach with Pinot that yielded stark, naked expression of fruit that is remarkable for its purity.
Congrats Pax and Pamela – should be a memorable night!