Pharoah Moans

PharaohMoans Paso Robles Wines

We are pleased to offer you an allocation of our PharaohMoans 2016 Rhone-style wines from the Westside region of Paso Robles.

After an extremely low yielding 2015 vintage, the 2016 vintage was a return to a more traditional growing season. The crop started to flower in early June which lead to a harvest starting at the beginning of September. PharaohMoans 2016 came from three different vineyards on the westside of Paso Robles. The first vineyard was picked during the early days of September. Its planted on a base of limestone soil, where the vines struggle on the rocks, which in turn imparts a beautiful acidity in the wines. The second vineyard is located further towards the west, where there was more rain and more clay with calcareous elements at deeper levels. These vines, goblet-trained, were grafted over an Alban clone, providing an added complexity and tannin structure in the wine. The last vineyard was picked in the middle of October due to its heavy clay soil content and a North facing slope, which resulted in a longer hang-time on the vine and a slower maturation.

2016 PharaohMoans Syrah
2016 PharaohMoans Grenache

Quantities are limited, and we encourage you to secure your order now. Each six-bottle allocation remains $570 plus California sales tax and shipping. The PharaohMoans Syrah 2016, in its patented pyramid box, and PharaohMoans Grenache 2016 will ship this fall, weather permitting. We also produced 30 Winemaker-signed 2016 1.5 liter magnums of Syrah available upon request, and on a first-in basis. Please email your allocation requests to Eileen at You may also order by phone at (707) 251 8070.

We hope you will enjoy this world class rhone-style wine. Nunc Est Bibendum! ("Now we drink!")

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PharaohMoans 2012 Syrah 

"Brilliant purple. Blackberry, cola, exotic spices and potpourri on the deeply perfumed nose. Intense black and blue fruit and spicecake flavors are complicated by suggestions of candied violet and cracked pepper. Finishes impressively long and alluringly sweet, featuring slow-building tannins and lingering blue fruit and floral character."
- Josh Raynolds, Vinous, September 2018

2015 SYRAH, 94-95 POINTS
"Saturated ruby. A powerfully scented, complex bouquet evokes ripe boysenberry, cherry preserves, five-spice powder and candied flowers. Stains the palate with sweet black and blue fruit, spicecake and violet pastille flavors that show impressive delicacy for their heft. Smooth tannins frame a broad, smoke-tinged finish that hangs on with excellent, floral-dominated persistence. This big boy checks in at a robust 15.9% alcohol but doesn't come off hot or even warm."
- Josh Raynolds, Vinous, November 2017

"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

"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

PharaohMoans 2012 Grenache2016 GRENACHE, 94 POINTS
"Brilliant red. Heady, intensely perfumed aromas of red fruit preserves, incense and potpourri, lifted by a spicy pepper nuance. Stains the palate with deeply concentrated yet lithe, spice-laced Chambord and cherry cola flavors; mineral and lavender pastille notes build in the glass. Shows outstanding tension and focus on the subtly tannic finish, which emphatically repeats the floral and spice notes. There's something eerily Pinot Noir-like going on here."
- Josh Raynolds, Vinous, September 2018

"Deep ruby. A highly perfumed bouquet evokes ripe red berries, cherry, potpourri and peppery spices, and a suggestion of incense adds an exotic twist. Stains the palate with sappy black raspberry and cherry cola flavors that are given a spicy edge by a late jolt of white pepper. Conveys a suave combination of richness and energy and closes on a spicy note, delivering impressive focus, harmonious tannins and strong persistence.
- Josh Raynolds, Vinous, November 2017

"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

"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

Archived Wines
2015 PharaohMoans Syrah
2015 PharaohMoans Grenache
2014 PharaohMoans Syrah
2014 PharaohMoans Grenache
2012 PharaohMoans Syrah
2012 PharaohMoans Grenache
2011 PharaohMoans Syrah
2010 PharaohMoans Syrah
2009 PharaohMoans Syrah
2008 PharaohMoans Syrah
2007 PharaohMoans Syrah
2006 PharaohMoans Syrah
2005 PharaohMoans Syrah