Pasxa Rockgarden Vineyard Syrah 2020 - 750ml

Pasxa Rockgarden Vineyard Syrah 2020 - 750ml

Pasxa Rockgarden Vineyard Syrah 2020 - 750ml

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98pts Int'l Wine Report

Another classic The Rocks style of Syrah from Todd Alexander, and a gorgeous one at that. The 2020 Rockgarden Syrah delivers an inky purple core with a neon pink rim, and boasts notes of black plum, wild macerated blueberry, iodine, iron, smoked meat, crushed black olives, dried flowers, and a smooch of sweet baking spice. Meaty flavors, combined with ground black pepper, hits the front palate hard, but the purity of the black fruit shines forth on the finish. Todd’s wines always display this scintillating graphite quality from The Rocks, compared to that citrusy grapefruit quality that shines forth in his top competitor’s wines from the same area. Unbelievably good and highly recommended. Editors Choice.

97pts Jeb Dunnuck

Ripe blackberries, blueberries, peppery herbs, game, iron, and lavender notes all emerge from the 2020 Syrah Rockgarden Vineyard, a beautifully textured, medium to full-bodied, concentrated Syrah with tons of character. With ripe yet integrated tannins, plenty of mid-palate depth, and a great finish, it's a seriously good 2020 Syrah that can be drunk today with incredible pleasure or cellared for 10-15 years.

Winery Notes

The Walla Walla Valley is a very special place with a deep, rich, geological, cultural and agricultural history. It is a unique setting that has been recognized as possessing some of the greatest potential anywhere to grow a whole plethora of crops at a high degree of quality – from dryland wheat to vegetables of all kinds, to stone and pome fruits, to wine grapes.

One of the most special locations in the Valley, and the entire region in fact, is a very small geographical area within the Valley; an alluvial fan comprised of basalt cobblestones. In this place, nestled just to the west of the Blue Mountains in northern Oregon and south of the Washington state line, some of the most singular and unique expressions of wine anywhere in the world are grown. It is a place that has captured our attention, our imaginations, our senses and our motivations.

Thus, we have begun a very special endeavor to explore the terroir of this fascinating and unique place in the world through our own lens; to tell the story of this geology through top-notch grape-growing and winemaking, in our efforts to transmit the tale of this place, while also employing a commitment to sustainability, organic farming and low-impact winemaking.

When we set out to create PÁŠXA (pronounced “Pahk-sha”), we wanted to emphasize our commitment to sustainable farming and winemaking practices. We also wanted to give a nod to the history of our beautiful valley – a history that stretches back long before the land was settled by those who traveled west along the Oregon Trail. The indigenous people of the Walla Walla Valley had a name for this place that was Pášxapa or Place of the Sunflowers, as the valley was strewn with balsamroot sunflowers that grew wild here, and we wanted to pay homage to that heritage of these lands.

 

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