I love Saxum, they are certainly one of my top favorite wineries.  But, over the years, their styles have changed.  Presumably, that has been consistent with owner/winemaker Justin Smith's preferences changing.  For my tastes, 2012 was another year of change in styles.  The wines became a bit more intense and need a decade to really strut their stuff.  That said, with a bit of air, this one was delicious at six years from vintage.  Deep purple in color.  The nose has black raspberries, leather, roasted meat and black pepper.  On the palate, this has a great texture.  It is packed with deliciousness, fruit and complexity and unwinds furiously in the glass.  Every sip was a bit different.  Black raspberries, roasted meats, pepper along with medium tannins.  Long finish.  Great balance.  There is 15.8% Alc according to the label but there is no hint of it on the nose or palate.  A real crowd pleaser as well.  At least a point or two of upside potential.  

Grade: 
A
Score: 
96
Vintage: 
2012

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