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Pax Trousseau Gris "Fanucchi-Wood Road Vineyard" '19


Pax Trousseau Gris "Fanucchi-Wood Road Vineyard" '19

Pax & Pam Mahle have been making wine under their label for almost 20 years now and have truly conquered cult status in the world of California wines, maybe even legendary within the California circle of low-intervention winemaking. 

Working exclusively with cool climate vineyard sites, primarily in Sonoma and Mendocino, their approach is holistic and mindful.  Everything from location, soil type, dedicated farmers, exposition, sustainable materials present, are evaluated in their decision of which sites to work with. The Mahle's remain very hands-on in relationship with their growers as well as in the vineyards themselves, yet hands-off enough to allow the wines to evolve naturally in the cellar.  Pax believes that “great wines can only be made from great vineyards” which informs every decision. All the wines are crushed by foot and hand, fermented using only natural yeasts, and are balanced and elegant, with a nod to the Old World. A stunning light ramato-style wine from a rare planting of Trousseau Gris in the Russian River Valley. Trousseau Gris is a naturally occurring color mutation of the red Trousseau grape grown most notably in the Jura. Being a pink-berried variety the Gris version cannot produce a red wine and nor does its skin maceration version exactly line up with many rosés. The Italians use the lovely term ramato for pink grapes made with skin contact, it literally means ‘copper'. 

Foot stomped grapes, wild fermented and aged in concrete, bottled young at toward the end of 2019 with minimal sulfur. Watermelon, pink lady apples, a touch of savory green herbs. Zesty spring time wine that would perfectly accompany a classic Parisian Jambon-Beurre in the park. 

We recommend giving this wine a little oxygen, 20 minutes in a decanter really opens it up.




Producer Pax
Vintage 2019
Format 750ml
Grape Variety Trousseau Gris


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