Normally, its better to let Saxum's wait ten years from vintage to really get the best but the Paderewski is a different animal. It is 34% Mourvedre, 33% Zinfandel, 13% Petite Sirah, 12% Syrah and 8% Tempranillo. Because of that it changes as it ages with the Zin showing more in its youth and fading a bit back with time. This bottle was beautiful. Purple in color. The nose is deep and intoxicating with black cherries, roasted meats, leather, black raspberries, black pepper and cherries. On the palate, this has a lush chewy texture. Delicious. Lots of fruit right now with black cherries, black raspberries and plums dominating. An underlying leathery/earthy quality. Great balance. Long finish. Almost seamless in its presentation. Big grilled or roasted foods would work well with this. While it drinks well right now, it may still improve. It will certainly continue to morph over time. Saxum continues to show why its one of the best wineries in the world.
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