Pharoah Moans

Reviews & Press

Paso Robles Vineyard2014 PharaohMoans Paso Robles Syrah

2014 SYRAH, 93 POINTS
"So balanced and refined with a blackberry and mineral character. Medium to full body, fine tannins and a polished and beautiful finish. Drink now."
- James Suckling, December 2016

2014 SYRAH, 94 POINTS
"Playing in the same style as the Grenache, the 2014 Syrah is a full-bodied fruit bomb that offers a sexy, hedonistic, pedal to the metal style. Coming from the Hawk Hill, Jada and Hearhill vineyards (all limestone soils) and aged 18 months in 65% new oak, its inky color is followed by a full-bodied, decadent, soft red that's loaded with notions of creme de cassis, licorice, caramelized meats and smoked herbs. It shows the richness of the vintage beautifully and will drink well through 2024."
- eRobertParker, August 2016

2014 PharaohMoans Paso Robles Grenache

2014 GRENACHE, 94 POINTS
"A very fine-textured grenache with dried strawberries and spices. Medium-bodied, polished and sexy. Delightful wine. Only 85 cases made."
- James Suckling, December 2016

2014 GRENACHE, 94 POINTS
"The 2014 Grenache is a beautiful, ripe and full-bodied wine that has the standard seamless texture that's the hallmark of all of winemaker Guillaume Fabre's wines. Made from 100% Grenache that saw just a touch of whole cluster and 18 months in neutral oak, this beauty's vibrant purple color is followed by notes of kirsch, blackberries, ground herbs, graphite and toasted spice. These give way to a sexy, polished Grenache that has terrific concentration, impressive purity of fruit and ripe, sweet tannin. It's already hard to resist, and I see no need to hold off either."
- eRobertParker, August 2016

2013 PharaohMoans Paso Robles Syrah

97 POINTS
"A sensational barrels sample from winemaker Guillaume Fabre, the 2013 Syrah (there's 2% Grenache in the blend) exhibits a killer nose of creme de cassis, white chocolate, melted licorice and sweet spice to go with a decadent, concentrated and voluptuous style on the palate. Despite its wealth of fruit and texture, it never seems over the top, stays lively and balanced and has a great finish. If you're craving lightweight aromas and flavors, look elsewhere."
- eRobertParker.com, August 2015

 

2012 PharaohMoans Paso Robles Syrah

95 POINTS
"The brilliant 2012 PharaohMoans is a blend of 98% Syrah and 2% Grenache that was aged in 80% new French oak barrels prior to bottling. A big, rich and fleshy Paso red, it knocks it out of the park with its chocolatey dark fruits, pepper, olive and charred meat-like aromas and flavors. This isn't for those craving delicacy, yet it stays clean and classy, with full-bodied richness, thrilling amounts of texture and a seamless, focused finish. There's not a track record here with regards to aging, yet this should be better in another year and have at least a decade of prime drinking."
- Wine Advocate, August 2014

 

2012 PharaohMoans Paso Robles Grenache

92 POINTS
"Aged 17 months in neutral barrels, the 2012 Grenache exhibits pretty notes of camphor, kirsch, dried cherries and balsam to go with a full-bodied, supple, sexy and forward style on the palate that's about as easy drinking as they come. Drink this total charmer over the coming 5-7 years."
- eRobertParker.com, August 2015

90 POINTS
"Pure, ripe and refreshing, with graceful, snappy raspberry, black cherry and black licorice flavors, ending with touches of dried herb and anise. Drink now through 2024."
- James Laube, Wine Spectator, December 2014

 

2011 PharaohMoans Paso Robles Syrah

94 POINTS
"A gorgeous effort that's made from 92% Syrah and 8% Grenache, all from Westside Vineyards and aged 16 months in 80% new oak, the 2011 PharaohMoans dishes out knockout black raspberry, roasted meats, chocolate and spice-driven aromatics. This full-bodied, decadent and dense effort stays focused and classy with big structure and a great mid-palate. Already approachable due to the wealth of material, it nevertheless has the balance and depth to evolve for over a decade. Drink now-2021. If you're in the mood for a full-bodied, gorgeously textured Syrah, few do it better."
- Wine Advocate, August 2013

93 POINTS
"Dark purple. A wild, highly perfumed bouquet evokes candied black and blue fruits, violet, cola and smoky Indian spices. Sappy, concentrated boysenberry and cherry-vanilla flavors are complemented by notes of licorice and mocha and a hint of candied flowers. Really stains the palate, finishing smooth, spicy and long, with fully absorbed tannins.
- Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar, November/December 2013

94 POINTS
"Velvety smooth with ripe blackberry, boysenberry and vanilla oak; intense with notes of sweet chocolate, Christmas spice and toasted chestnuts; seamless and elegant with a long, lush finish."
- Anthony Dias Blue, Tasting Panel, September 2013

"Dark, plush and layered, the 2011 Syrah shows a little more complexity than the 2010. Cinnamon, cloves and flowers add lovely nuance to this racy, intense wine. I very much like the sense of energy here. It will be interesting to see the direction future vintages take. The 2011 is 95% Syrah and 5% Grenache."
- Antonio Galloni, July 2013

 

2010 PharaohMoans Paso Robles Syrah

93 POINTS
"Along the same lines, the 2010 Westside (same blend as the 2011 yet with a touch less new oak) is slightly richer and more plush, with notions of cassis, black raspberry, tobacco smoke and chocolate giving way to a full-bodied, decadent Syrah that has silky tannin and no hard edges. Enjoy it through 2018. Drink now-2018."
- Wine Advocate, August 2013

"The 2010 Syrah boasts serious depth and power. A big, large-scaled wine, the 2010 fleshes out in the glass nicely. Black fruit, menthol and spices meld into crushed rocks and leather. The style is very ripe, but there appears to be good potential for this project moving forward. In 2010 the blend is 95% Syrah and 5% Grenache."
- Antonio Galloni, July 2013

92 POINTS
"Delivers a firm, vibrant mix of roasted coffee, dark and dried berry, mineral, cedar, pencil lead and dried licorice. An intriguing mix of flavors. Syrah and Grenache. Drink now through 2024."
- J.L., Wine Spectator, December 31, 2012

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"Though its name is tongue-in-cheek, this blend of Syrah and Grenache is a true treat for the taste buds, evoking notes of concentrated blackberry, espresso, and smoked meat."
- Brett Anderson, "Winter Vintages: Our 100 favorite wines for the season", RobbReport Holiday 2012 Host's Guide

 

2009 PharaohMoans Paso Robles Syrah

93 POINTS
"A wine with balance and personality with spice and chocolate and meat. Full and rich with plenty of fruit and a flavorful finish. Plenty going on in the glass here. Buy it. John Schwartz, owner of Amuse Bouche Winery in Napa Valley, and Chef Bryan Ogden. Delicious now."
- James Suckling, November 2011

92+ POINTS
"If you know the Rhône-style wines of Saxum, which is probably Paso Robles' most expensive wine, this is nearly identical. Mostly Syrah, with 8% Grenache, the wine is decadently rich in milk chocolate, blackberry jam and sweet, smoky oak flavors. It's very high in alcohol, but unless you're an extremist in this regard, you can't help but be knocked out by the wine's sensuous pleasures."
- S.H., Wine Enthusiast Magazine, November 2011

 

2008 PharaohMoans Paso Robles Syrah

92 POINTS
"Inky purple. Youthful, primary aromas of dark berry and cherry compote, smoky oak spices, cola and olive, with mounting spiciness. Full-bodied but surprisingly light on its feet, offering mineral-accented dark berry preserve flavors and exotic floral and fruitcake qualities. Dusty tannins add grip to a sweet and very long finish. This is a baby but shows real promise."
- Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar, Nov/Dec 2010

 

2007 PharaohMoans Paso Robles Syrah

93 POINTS
"Ripe blackberry and wild berry fruit is intense, focused and plush, with plum, black licorice and spice flavors folding in, giving this added depth and complexity. The finish is long and plush. Syrah and Grenache. Drink now through 2013. 300 cases made."
- J.L., Wine Spectator, April 20, 2009

94 POINTS
"This Rhône blend from the fashionable west side of Paso Robles is made in the modern cult style. It's very dark in color, full-bodied and glyceriney in the mouth, and delivers a thermonuclear blast of fruit and oak. Among the flavors are roasted blackberries, cassis, melted milk chocolate, anise, cotton candy, vanilla custard, crème brûlée and cinnamon spice. Not exacty your classically dry table wine. Drink now."
- S.H., Wine Enthusiast Magazine, July 2009

 

2006 PharaohMoans Paso Robles Syrah

90 POINTS
"This very dry wine is dominated by its hard tannins, and comes across as a bit rigid and austere, especially by California standards. Yet it’s very finely structured, with a keen edge of black pepper to the currant and blackberry flavors buried way beneath. Give it through 2009, but if you must drink now, decant."
- S.H., Wine Enthusiast Magazine, December 14, 2008

92 POINTS
"Inky ruby. Explosively perfumed nose offers a sexy bouquet of smoky dark berries, cherry preserves, fruitcake, olive and incense. Fleshy and youthfully bitter, offering deep cassis and dark cherry flavors that are framed by lightly chewy tannins and gain sweetness with air. The spicy notes echo on the sappy, very long finish. This is already delicious but has the concentration to reward patience."
- Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar, Nov/Dec 2008

90+ POINTS
"PharaohMoans 2006 is a blend of 96% Syrah and 4% Grenache. It offers plenty of espresso roast, blackberry liqueur, licorice, smoke and a hint of barbecue spices in a full-bodied, powerful style. More tannic and structured than some of its siblings, it is meant for long-term cellaring. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2018."
- Robert Parker, July 2008

 

2005 PharaohMoans Paso Robles Syrah

91 POINTS
"Inky purple. Seductively perfumed nose offers ripe but well-focused blackberry and creme de cassis scents, along with smoky vanillin oak, Asian spices, fresh flowers and mocha. Pliant dark fruit flavors possess impressive depth and sweetness, with bracing acidity adding energy. Finishes with gentle grip and a lingering smoky, vanillin quality, leaving an impression of controlled ripeness."
- Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellars, Nov/Dec 2007

MONUMENTAL SYRAH
From Paso Robles, a wine fit for a pharaoh

"The PharaohMoans Syrah 2005 delivers. A treasure trove of flavors gushes forth from this exceptional wine: The intense ripeness is countered by the scent of sweet tar and bacon fat, while flavors of mocha, licorice, coffee, and savory coriander temper the rich palate. From its unlikely name to its complex infusion of riotously ripe berry fruit, earth spices, and soft smoke, PharaohMoans demonstrates that world-class wine does not have to be stuffy, but rather can (and should) be world-class fun. A wonderful thing indeed."
- Bret Anderson, Robb Report, September 2007

92 POINTS
"Like my WRO colleague Patrick Comiskey, I don't want my Pinot Noir to taste like Syrah, but I do indeed want my Syrah to taste like Syrah. This exceptional wine does that in spades, with very dark, rich, berry-flavored fruit that is concentrated but not jammy or obvious in its fruitiness. There's plenty of wood and tannin in the mix to offer bracing and a textural counterpoint to the fruit component, but the balance is right, making it possible to enjoy the wine now or wait for another five years for additional aromatic complexities. Tasted again 24 hours after the cork was pulled, the wine didn't seem to have lost any of its freshness, suggesting that it will hold up very well to ageing."
- Michael Franz,www.winereviewonline.com, May 8, 2007

93 POINTS
"Dense, concentrated, explosive and other-worldly with sweet, ripe, intense blackberry fruit and balanced flavors; long, thick and complex; definitely not your grandpa's syrah."
- Anthony Dias Blue, Wine Editor, Bon Appetit Magazine

"What a monster wine! Loaded with fruit....needs time, but wow! I particularly love the fact that it has fresh acidity to balance the ripeness. Bravo."
- Linda Murphy, San Francisco Chronicle