72% Zinfandel with 20% Syrah and 8% Mourvedre. This is a brawny wine that is delicious. Purple in color. The nose has black cherries, black pepper, slight bramble and baking spice. On the palate, this has a wonderful texture. Juicy black cherries over a bit of char with slight woody notes. There is a nice depth to this wine. It should continue to develop complexity over the next few years. It should last another decade. Whether it improves or not depends on how mature you like your Zins. This is great on its own and should work great with grilled meats or spicy hot foods.
This is a blend of 54% Syrah, 21% Mourvèdre, 16% Grenache and 9% Petite Sirah. It is a big wine that really needed some time to settle down. Even 6 years from vintage isn't really enough. That said, with a couple hours of air, this was drinking beautifully. Purple in color, ruby at the rim. The nose has black raspberries, plums, black cherries, and spice. Perhaps a bit of black pepper. On the palate, this is thick and big. A bit chunky on opening but it smoothed out with air. Lots of black raspberry fruit with some black cherries. An underlying charred earthiness. Good finish. T
Usually, I like to let Saxum's age more, but this one is 45% Zinfandel, so we popped the cork. Good move. Also it has 36% Mourvedre, 12% Tempranillo and 7% Petite Sirah. Weighs in at just under 16% ABV. Inky purple in color. The nose is big with black cherries, plums, black raspberries, some earthiness and spice. On the palate, there is no heat. Juicy black cherries, and black raspberries. Some underlying char. Long finish. This is delicious but will be a tough food match. Maybe some BBQ with spicy sauce? It will be interesting to see how this ages. I suspect the Zin fades and
This is a blend of 40% Mourvèdre, 34% Grenache, and 26% Syrah. It is a big wine that is ripe and delicious. The nose has black raspberries, blue berries, roasted meat and herbs, black pepper and some cherries. On the palate, this is big. Firm tannins. Juicy black raspberry and blueberry fruit with an underlying minerality. It softens a bit in the glass. It is great on its own but a difficult food match at present. It will most certainly evolve and gain integration over the next five to ten years at which time it will be great with cassoulets and roasted foods. No regrets about open
Nice to revisit this wine. Tasted (note posted elsewhere on this site), it was quite tight. While still quite young, this wine has really made a lot of progress. Still not at its peak, but providing a lot of pleasure right now. It is a blend of 89% Syrah, 8% Mourvèdre and 3% Viognier. inky purple in color. The nose is great with black raspberries, smoked meat, white pepper and floral notes. On the palate, this has firm tannins. Black raspberry fruit over scorched earth and also some pepper. Great texture. Long finish. This will go well with big meat dishes but also roasted veggie
This was possibly the oldest EdB I have had and it was great. Showing a bit of age but certainly not over the top. Pop and pour, it improved on opening and then held constant for the evening. Purple in color, some bricking at the rim. The nose has cherries, some black cherries and baking spices. On the palate, this has a nice texture. Still lively but balanced acidity. Cherries with a bit of earthiness and the baking spice finishes the palate. I doubt it gets better from here but it certainly seems like it would have at least five more years before a slow decline. This will go grea
I love the Andremily Syrah, but this was my first time trying the Mourvedre. It was sensational. It does contain 14% Syrah. Inky purple in color. The nose is great with grilled meats and slightly gamey meats (a good thing) along with black pepper, lavender and spice. On the palate, this has a lush wonderful texture. Plenty of acidity behind the fruit. Very primary today. Consumed over a few days, there really wasn't much difference. Lots of black raspberry fruit with some black cherries and an underlying earthiness. This will certainly take at least five and closer to ten years to
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.