Pax - Buddha’s Dharma - Chenin Blanc - 2018

Pax - Buddha’s Dharma - Chenin Blanc - 2018

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Tasting: Waxy woolen notes along with Honeycomb, white peach and citrus blossoms. Flinty white peach flavors with a weightless melted snow quality that makes this very easy to drink. Crisp and bright with neon acidity, sweet fruit and a seamlessness that is very indicative of the 2018 vintage.

Grape: 100% Chenin Blanc

Region: Mendocino County

Planted in 1944 just north of the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas this vineyard is exceptional. Dry farmed without chemicals at the base of Enlightenment Mountain in gravelly volcanic soils, we are amazed at the concentration and intensity in the fruit from these vines.

Vinification: Dry farmed without chemicals at the base of Enlightenment Mountain. Gravely volcanic soils. 11-month elevage in Neutral French oak and Eastern European barrels.

About the Winemaker: 

Pax and Pam moved to wine country in 1997 to create a lifestyle that involved working with wine. After a few years of tasting and sourcing wine from all over California, Pax finally found a vineyard in which he felt a kismet connection. Alder Springs Vineyard was the site and subsequently led to the launch of the PAX brand in 2000.

The Mahles made a bold choice by favoring the “untapped potential"  of the Syrah grape. Their entire lineup of wines came from cool climate vineyards in  Sonoma County and Mendocino. These wines were big, rich expressions of Syrah that went on to be highly sought after. As a result, Pax quickly became established as one of California's premier producers of Syrah. 

Presently, Pax Wines has evolved to include new and exciting varieties in addition to Syrah. This includes Trousseau Gris, Chenin Blanc, Gamay Noir, and Mission, along with a host of others recently planted. 

At Pax Wines winemaking is approached holistically. This is done by taking care to use only grapes that are grown without the use of chemicals and by hand making their wines with as little intervention as possible. As a result, all of their wines are crushed by foot and hand, and fermented using only natural yeasts. To taste these wines visit the urban winery and tasting room in the outdoor Barlow market in downtown Sebastopol.