Honest, authentic and compelling wines from special places
Wind Gap is not about making the “perfect wine” it is about making honest, authentic and compelling wine from special vineyard sites. What interests us about wine is what makes it different- the subtle nuances and characteristics that tell a particular wine’s story, regardless of appellation.
We have combed the state to gather a collection of some of the most exciting vineyards for producing the kinds of grapes we love – Cabernet from Coombsville in South Napa, Chardonnay from the dramatic limestone and granite of Chalone, Grenache from the shale and limestone blanketed hills of Western Paso Robles and Syrah form the windy and cold Sonoma Coast. Along the way we have been lucky enough to meet and work along with like-minded growers who embrace the discerning farming practices we believe in.
Many of our vineyards are planted along or are directly influenced by one wind gap or another. These geological breaks in the coastal hills funnel wind inland and strongly influence the growing and ripening of our grapes. It seems only fitting to us that our name should celebrate the forces of nature that are shaping our wines.
Pax Mahle, Winemaker
Wine lovers will know the name Pax Mahle from his first winery – PAX – which garnered high scores and much notoriety. Though he has always been influenced by French styles of winemaking, it was the bold, powerful Syrahs that first brought praise and attention to Pax in his new chapter as Sommelier-turned-Winemaker.
Pax was sourcing fruit from a number of different vineyards within northern California. One year, a particular vineyard had an unusually cool growing season. Fermenting the fruit in single barrels, Pax found that the wines produced from this cooler site had the alluring freshness he had always loved in French wines. He believed they were the kind of wines one could drink every night with dinner, regardless of season. Pax continued experimenting with fruit from cooler growing regions and began picking at lower sugar levels, and in the mid-2000s created the Wind Gap label as an outlet for his new direction.
According to Pax: “Wind Gap is all about classically styled wines that represent the new California.”
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