My friend Charlie came by. Now Charlie likes his wines big and young and we both love Saxum. That sure seemed like a great opportunity to pull and young'un from the cellar and see what it was showing. The surprising thing was how good and accessible this was already. It's not at peak and will improve with cellaring, but if you have more than one, it's not a tragedy to open one now. 33% Grenache, 32% Mourvedre, 24% Syrah and 11% Counoise. Purple in color, slight ruby line at the rim. The nose is great with black raspberries, roasted meats, white pepper and slight floral notes. This is a blend, but the Syrah seems to be dominating now. On the palate, this has a wonderful, almost seamless texture. A few years in the cellar and it will be seamless. Lots of black raspberry fruit, some black cherries, some black licorice over a char and spice. Great balance. No sign of the 15.5% Alcohol. Long finish. Just delicious. It works on its own but will work with spicy foods or roasted/grilled meats.