The 2012 Saxums have been pretty open since release although they did recently (last two years) go into a slightly shut down phase. No worries, this bottle was pop and pour and drinking quite well. A blend of 73% Syrah and 27% Mourvedre Inky purple in color. The nose has black raspberries, black pepper, slightly roasted meats and spice. Full bodied with a lovely big texture. Lots of black raspberry fruit on the palate with some blueberries over a bit of char and pepper. Long finish. There is a lot of alcohol here but it is not noticeable. This is delicious if not for everyone. Most people, however, will love it. It drinks great on its own and will need bigger foods, roasts or even Indian foods, to work with. If you prefer a more restrained wine, hold this for another ten years. It will certainly still be drinking well and should easily do twenty more. This will still improve by a point or two.