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
The 2011 Saxums are drinking beautifully right now. It was a difficult vintage but Justin Smith and Saxum excelled. The wines are a bit more ready than most vintages, but that's fine. Pop and pour. 51% Grenache and 49% Syrah. Inky purple in color. The nose has black raspberries, dark chocolate, black pepper and roasted herbs. With air more chocolate comes out along with a bit or roasted meats. On the palate, this has a lovely juicy yet muscular texture. Lots of black raspberry fruit, some char and a bit of earthiness and black pepper. Nice finish. This is a big wine and will need
Grenache Blanc doesn't get enough respect. That may be because in Europe, it doesn't do as well and is used as a blending grape, seldom on its own. In California, however, there are many examples of Grenache Blanc being bottled independently and some of those are quite good. This is one of them. Tablas Creek specializes in Rhone varietals and while this wine is not sold en masse, it is available at the winery. Light golden in color. The nose has nice pear notes with some anise and slight salinity. On the palate, the pears continue along with some honeydew notes and underlying chalkin
This bottle saw about 6 hours of air prior to be served. That helped but it was not enough. Torrin wines are fantastic but they do take time. They are tight and tannic and concentrated on release and proper cellaring is rewarded. Absent that a long decant is advised. This wine is 40% Syrah, 33% Mourvedre, and 27% Grenache.
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
Saxum is one of my favorite wineries so no surprise, but this is outstanding. It has really opened up since last tried reinforcing my belief that despite what some say, these big reds are best after ten years in a good cellar. This is made from 79% Syrah, 7% Petite Sirah and the rest Grenache, Mourvedre and Roussanne grapes. Inky purple in color. The nose has black raspberries, white pepper, roasted meats and slight violets. On the palate, the texture is wonderful. Velvety with excellent acidity. Complex and layered, this unwinds in the glass. And, it is delicious with black raspber
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.
Poured at a Friday Wine Store Happy Hour, this is a ripe, slightly sweet, easy drinking Cab. A classic, it is what it is wine to take or leave. I liked it but the group I was with was divided. It sells for around $15. Inky purple in color. The nose is warm, dusty with black cherry fruit. It drinks easy and would go well with food off the grill. Juicy ripe black cherry fruit with light tannins on the palate. At age 6, it should probably drunk sooner than later.