"The 2009 Syrah Griffin’s Lair is explosive and plush. Blackberries, camphor, spices, licorice and tar all flow from this rich, concentrated wine. There is plenty of depth in the glass, but not as much elegance as is found in the best wines. Game, smoke and licorice add complexity on the tannic finish. Today the Griffin’s Lair is a bit of a brute and I imagine it will always have a rough-around-the-edges personality. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2021.
I was deeply impressed with many of the wines I tasted from Wind Gap and proprietors Pax and Pamela Mahle. The estate favors cooler, marginal sites. The wines are made with a very natural approach, which is to say the grapes are crushed by foot, aging is largely done in neutral oak and the wines are bottled without fining or filtration. Best of all, many of these wines sell for very reasonable prices. Readers should note that Mahle’s Agharta line-up is reviewed separately. Pax Mahle told me he plans to re-launch his Pax label in the near future.
" -Rated 91, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
"Inky purple. Exotic bouquet combines wild dark berry, cherry compote and licorice, lifted by notes of potpourri and cracked pepper. At once dense and juicy, with a compelling sweetness to its intense blackberry, boysenberry and violet pastille flavors. Bright acidity and a deep Moroccan spice quality give this wine energy and aromatic persistence. The blue fruits continue on the finish, which refuses to let up." -Rated 95, Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar