This was a difficult vintage in most of California, but Saxum seemed to handle it just fine. The wines, do, however, seem to be drinking a little earlier than most vintages. The 2011 Saxum's are ready to drink but no hurry on any of them. This one has at least another decade but it probably won't get better. That is fine because it is outstanding. Purple in color. The nose has black raspberries, smoke, black cherries, red currants and slight bacon fat. On the palate, there is nice black raspberry fruit with some black cherries over some pepper and charred earth. A nice backbone of a
Another stunning wine from Torrin. Still a bit young but starting to show some development especially with a few hours in a decanter. This is 50% Syrah, 26% Mourvèdre and 24% Grenache. Inky purple in color. The nose is great with a meatiness reminiscent of the northern Rhone but vibrant fruit that says California sunshine. There is also some black pepper, plums and slight floral notes. On the palate, this has a great texture. Black raspberry fruit intertwines with black pepper over a smoke and earth base. It is pretty big right now with firm tannins. This should continue to develo
40% Mourvedre, 28% Syrah, 22% Grenache, and 10% Counoise. This is still pretty young but quite delicious. Sort of like a California version of a Chateauneuf du Pape. Deep ruby in color with some purple swirls. The nose has cherries, plums, cedar, spice and slight cocoa powder. On the palate, the spicy red fruits dominate at this stage. Good acidity. Nice finish. This has tight layers that unwind in the glass. This will work with a wide variety of foods. It may improve a bit from here but easily has a decade and probably two left in it.
This is basically the second wine of Esprit de Tablas from Tablas Creek although they make a lot of different wines, not all available without being in their wine club (highly recommended). This sell for around $30 and can often be found at retail shops. It is young and will likely improve a bit over the next few years. Screw capped! Grenache, Syrah, Counoise and Mourvedre. Whereas the Esprit can be compared to a Chateauneuf du Pape, this is more like a better Cotes du Rhone or even a Gigondas. It has a deep ruby color with some purple swirls. The nose has black cherries, slight eart
This one comes in a unique shaped bottle. It is drinking quite well today and should easily last for five more years. Ruby/purple, clear and bright. The nose is tight at first. With air, some black raspberries and raspberries come out. Also some floral qualities and some spice. On the palate, this has nice black raspberry fruit. Slight leather. Medium tannins. A bit dusty underneath. Good finish. Very food friendly. At around $15, this is a very nice value.
2016 Ermitage du Pic St. Loup Coteaux du Languedoc Pic St. Loup Tour de Pierres, France, Languedoc, Wine Review
A disappointing showing for this wine. Ruby in color, flat. The nose has some cedar and a bit of red currants. On the palate, there is some fruit but it is disjointed and seems cloying. At the same time the acidity is out of balance and harsh. Very tart on the finish. The flat appearance for such a young wine makes me wonder if this was indeed a proper bottle or it was mishandled somewhere along the distribution chain. It retails for around $20 and should be better.
Always a great value, the price has snuck up a bit and this was a bit disappointing considering all of the hype over the vintage. That said, it was still a very good wine for a reasonable price. Ruby in color, clear and bright. The nose has a cherry candy quality to it. Also a sour cherry note. On the palate, this is very sweet/tart. Sweet cherries almost cloying but not quite playing off a tart sour cherry note. Medium tannins. Ok finish. And interesting wine that may settle down some and improve. It will work well with stews and meat dishes.
Ruby/purple in color. The nose has cherries, slight cough syrup, some anise and spice. Nice. On the palate, this has a lovely juicy but velvety texture. Cherries and cherry cough syrup with some underlying spices. Nice finish. Very food friendly. This still is a bit young and another few years of cellaring will be beneficial. If not,, give it some air now.
This is young but wonderful. It should improve a bit over the next couple of years. Ruby in color, clear and bright. Great nose of black cherries, cloves, black olives and black pepper. Lovely juicy full (glycerin) texture. On the palate, black cherries and in a really good way, light cherry cough syrup. Some vanilla. Long finish. This has plenty of depth but its hard to find layers at this young stage. Still, it is delicious and would work with hearty foods. Better yet, wait 3 to 5 years and drink over the next ten or so.
2011 is a very interesting vintage for Saxum. They made great wines, some of the best from Paso Robles as always. But, it seems to be accessible earlier than most and they are drinking very well today. This one is no exception. Seems to be at peak right now and drinking great. Purple in color, ruby at the rim. The nose has black cherries, spice, slight floral quality and plums. On the palate, this has a great texture. Deep and tightly layered, it unwinds in the glass. Medium tannins that increase with air. Good finish. This will need big or spicy foods. It is a big wine, but not