The 2011 Saxums are drinking beautifully right now. It was a difficult vintage but Justin Smith and Saxum excelled. The wines are a bit more ready than most vintages, but that's fine. Pop and pour. 51% Grenache and 49% Syrah. Inky purple in color. The nose has black raspberries, dark chocolate, black pepper and roasted herbs. With air more chocolate comes out along with a bit or roasted meats. On the palate, this has a lovely juicy yet muscular texture. Lots of black raspberry fruit, some char and a bit of earthiness and black pepper. Nice finish. This is a big wine and will need big foods or just drink it on its own. We had it after dinner but before dessert while playing card games and it was brilliant.