Wine heavyweights buy 162 acres of some of California’s best Syrah vines



Pax Mahle, winemaker and owner of Pax Wines, and Baron Ziegler, owner of Marine Layer Wines, have purchased 162 acres of prized Syrah vines which make up what many consider to be the largest Syrah vineyard in California.

Credit: Vineyard Halcón

Baron Ziegler, who also owns importer Valkyrie Selections, and Pax Mahle intend to retain the Halcón vineyard name in Mendocino County, California, for both the vineyard and the resulting wine label. , through SFChronic.

And the couple have big ambitions for Halcón (which translates to “Hawk” in English).

“The idea is to make the Pierre Gonon from Northern California,” Ziegler said. “An epic wine. Boom. All Syrah.

For Mahle, who has built a reputation as a good Syrah producer, the company will represent the first vineyard he owns – although he has curiously worked with grapes from the Halcón vineyard in the past.

Mahle describes the style of Syrah Halcón for which industry insiders have come to be known as “flavorful, mineral and muscular”. The duo intend to stay true to this legacy in the future.

Although the terms of the deal have not been made public, the San Francisco Chronicle reports that Mahle and Ziegler are 50/50 partners in the business.

The Halcón Vineyard is described by The Rhone Report as: “Sitting at an elevation of 2,500 feet, this is one of the tallest vineyards in California and features an incredibly cool and breezy terroir that produces a concentrated, mineral and Syrah. with blue fruits. “

Under his former owners, Paul and Jackie Gordon, Halcón sold fruit to other winemakers and produced his own wines, but Mahle and Ziegler will keep all the grapes in the vineyard for the production of their own wine.

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H / T: Chronicle of San Francisco


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