Paal 01 Syrah

"Our search for varietal expression; it offers complex aromatics of red fruits and violets, elegant texture and ripe tannins." —
Winemaker, Raquel Grandival
Navarra D.O.
100% Syrah
500 meters / mixture of clay and limestone
Farming Methods
Practicing organic, Vegan
Hand harvested
Cold pre-fermentation maceration, fermented with native yeasts at low temperature in cement tanks, ML in cement
Aged for 27 months in cement tanks, total production 560 cases
Suggested Retail Price
Wine Name
Paal 01 Syrah 2014
92 (I-WR) 91+ (VfC) 91 (IWR)
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92 International Wine Review This is a meaty Syrah offering aromas of bacon and dark berry fruit. It is full flavored and reveals a silky texture and excellent acidity on the palate. It is mouth filling with fine tannins on the finish. Delightful.
"Spanish Wines of Value and Quality" - June 20, 2019
91+ View from the Cellar This is the first time I have tasted the Syrah from Bodegas Caudalia, which is grown in a vineyard up in the Baja Montana at five hundred meters above sea level. The wine is fermented and raised in cement tanks for twenty-seven months prior to bottling. The 2014 version is a touch reductive when first opened (not unusual with syrah), but blossoms nicely with a bit of aeration to reveal scents of black raspberries, pepper, a fine base of soil tones, roasted meats, licorice and a smoky topnote. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, complex and beautifully balanced, with a superb core, fine soil inflection, ripe, moderate tannins and a long, focused and classic Syrah finish. There is more than a passing resemblance to old school Cornas here that is quite enticing. Fine juice- just be patient and let it breath a bit before serving! 2018-2040.
Issue #75 – May/June 2018
91 International Wine Report Needing some air contact before becoming fully expressive, the 2014 Syrah begins with smoky aromas of creosote, bacon fat and smoked meat along with red and dark fruits. The terroir characteristics are gorgeous, as the wine unveils a lovely rich texture with smoky and savory tones that connect with mouth-watering acidity through the finish.
June 2018
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Paal 01 Syrah 2015
91 (JS) 91 (WRO) 90 (VfC) 90 (VM) 89 (I-WR)
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91 Big, sweet blackberry and bilberry nose with a hint of smoke. The bright fruit easily balances the generous, supple tannins and the lively acidity lifts the dry finish nicely. Drink now or hold.
August 2018
91 Wine Review Online Ripe and succulent and creamy in texture, with gorgeous blackberry and black cherry fruit, this is a sexpot of a wine that never quite tips over into being obvious or grapey. Even though derived from a relatively hot year, there’s enough acidity in this to lend freshness, and there’s also enough fine-grained tannin to provide focus and grip. The oak is nicely reserved, allowing the fruit to shine, but there are some nice savory undertones showing that keep this from seeming simple and fruity. This gets most of its (entirely deserved) points from the sub-category of sheer deliciousness.
Michael Franz - July 2020
90 View from the Cellar The 2014 vintage was the first Syrah I had tasted from Bodegas Caudalia, which is grown in a vineyard up in the Baja Montana at five hundred meters above sea level. The wine is fermented and raised in cement tanks for twenty-seven months prior to bottling. The 2015 is a fine follow-up to the excellent 2014, coming in at a ripe 14.5 percent octane, but offering up sweet dark berries, pepper, spit-roasted game, a touch of chocolate, fine soil tones, woodsmoke and a hint of violet in the upper register. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, and complex, with a good core, ripe, buried tannins and good length and grip on the focused and well-balanced finish. There is just a whisper of backend heat here, but it is manageable and the wine is once again, impressive on both the nose and palate (and nowhere near as reductive as the 2014 was at a similar stage). 2019-2040.
October 2019
90 Vinous Media Bright purple. Smoky, spice-tinged black/blue fruit aromas open up slowly to show hints of violet and cured meat. Gently sweet and focused on the palate, offering bitter cherry and cassis flavors sharpened by a strong jolt of cracked pepper, which adds back-end bite. Supple tannins build slowly on the clinging finish, echoing the smoke and spice notes. This one would make a good ringer in a blind flight of Crozes-Hermitages. (Fermented and aged for 27 months in concrete tanks.)
Drink 2019-2024
Spain’s Northern Regions Keep it Cool – March 2019
89 International Wine Review Organic fruit, hand harvested, aged 27 months in cement. Offering a meaty, forest floor, fish sauce nose, this Syrah is full and silky with smoky, meaty, bacon hints along with blackberry on palate. Tannic finish and a bit short on finesse. 14.5% alc.
"Spanish Wines of Value and Quality" - June 20, 2019
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Paal 01 Syrah 2017
89+ (VfC)
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89+ View from the Cellar I have very much liked this wine in past vintages and the 2017 version is another fine bottle. The wine is one hundred percent organically-farmed syrah, fermented with indigenous yeasts in cement vats and aged in the same for twenty-seven months prior to bottling. The wine delivers a fine bouquet of black raspberries, smoked meats, pepper, a bit of black tea, a fine base of soil tones, fennel seed and a smoky topnote. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and quite elegant in profile, with a very good core of fruit, fine soil signature and grip, firm, chewy, but well-integrated tannins and a long, gently warm finish. This vintage comes in listed at 14.5 percent octane. Good juice, but I would love to see the wine a half point lower in alcohol. 2027- 2055.
John Gilman - Issue #91 / February 2021
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