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PhoraohMoans Winery

PharaohMoans Paso Robles Wines

We are pleased to offer you our annual allocation of 2018 PharaohMoans, our Rhone-style wines from the Westside region of Paso Robles.

2018 was a reasonably "typical" growing year for us: we had light heat waves through spring and summer followed by near-perfect weather in September. The temperate fall allowed a leisurely maturation process, which resulted in great flavor development and considerable freshness to the wines.

2018 PharaohMoans Syrah - SOLD OUT
2018 PharaohMoans Grenache

Each six-bottle pack remains $570 plus California sales tax and shipping. Both the Syrah (offered in either its patented pyramid box or cardboard shipper) and the Grenache will ship this fall, weather permitting. Please email the order form to Eileen at info@PharaohMoansWine.com. You may also order by phone at (707) 251-8070.

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

 

 

PharaohMoans Syrah 

2018 SYRAH - 98 POINTS
"Lots of spice plums, orange blossoms, spring flowers, peach (I'd swear there was Viognier in this blend) and peppery notes emerge from the 2018 Syrah. An exotic, full-bodied, seamless Syrah with ripe yet pleasant tannins, no hard edges, and a great, great finish, it's truly brilliant and the finest I've tasted from this estate. All Syrah from a mix of sites on the westside of Paso Robles, brought up in 60% new oak, it's going to keep 10-15 years."
- Jeb Dunnuck, September 2020

2018 GRENACHE - 96 POINTS
"Gorgeous blueberry and blackberry fruits, as well as lots of blood orange, spring flowers, and white pepper notes all emerge from the 2018 Grenache. It's a beautiful Rhône blend from Paso Robles that has full-bodied richness, an incredible sense of purity and elegance, and a great finish. It's beautifully done and a gorgeous wine any way you look at it."
- Jeb Dunnuck, September 2020

2017 SYRAH - 97 POINTS
"All Syrah brought up in 60% new barrels, the 2017 Syrah Westside offers a thrilling bouquet of black (and some blue) fruits, bay leaf, bacon fat, chocolate, and spring flowers. With a Côte-Rôtie like meatiness and gamey, floral character, medium to full body, no hard edges, and fine tannins, it's another remarkable effort from this estate. Drink it any time over the coming decade or more."
- Jeb Dunnuck, November 2019

2017 GRENACHE, 96 POINTS
"These Pharaoh Moans releases are made by the incredibly talented Guillaume Fabre. Medium ruby-colored and semi-opaque, the 100% varietal 2017 Grenache is brilliant, ranking with the finest I've tasted to date from this estate. Beautiful kirsch, blackberries, ground herbs, flowers, and savory spice notes all emerge from this medium to full-bodied, powerful yet graceful Grenache that has fine tannins, beautiful balance, no hard edges, and a great finish. It has richness as well as elegance and will cruise for over a decade."
- Jeb Dunnuck, November 2019

2016 SYRAH, 94 POINTS
"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

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

PharaohMoans 2012 Grenache

2017 GRENACHE, 96 POINTS
"These Pharaoh Moans releases are made by the incredibly talented Guillaume Fabre. Medium ruby-colored and semi-opaque, the 100% varietal 2017 Grenache is brilliant, ranking with the finest I've tasted to date from this estate. Beautiful kirsch, blackberries, ground herbs, flowers, and savory spice notes all emerge from this medium to full-bodied, powerful yet graceful Grenache that has fine tannins, beautiful balance, no hard edges, and a great finish. It has richness as well as elegance and will cruise for over a decade."
- Jeb Dunnuck, November 2019

2016 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

2015 GRENACHE, 93 POINTS
"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

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

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