(2005 Vintage) 4/6/2011 96 POINTS Opaque ruby. Black and blue fruit on the nose with some sweet exotic spice notes. Fleshy black and blue fruit flavors with lovely sweetness complimented by floral notes. Certainly one of the more interesting and pleasurable wines I have had in the last year. MORE NOTES on our Facebook Notes
Wine Advocate(2005 Vintage) After the mind-blowing 2004 Agharta Syrah, I had high expectations that it would be followed by additional great wines, and those hopes were answered with the 2005 Black Label, a blend of 97% Syrah, 2% Grenache and 1% Viognier. Aged 64 months (which must be a record in California) in 30% new French oak, it is another spectacular effort from winemaker/proprietor Pax Mahle. It boasts a gorgeously dense plum/purple color as well as stunning notes of black raspberries, gun flint, blackberries, licorice and camphor. This complex red builds incrementally on the palate resulting in a full-bodied, concentrated, complex wine that is bursting at the seams and loaded with potential. It should continue to evolve for another 12-15+ years.