Saxum Vineyards

Saxum Vineyards

The Hexe Willow Creek District Grenache Blend 2016

Saxum is consistently my favorite “big” MSG blend producer from CA. First time trying The Hexe. Absolutely delicious — a day ago

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Think the 2018 is released in a few weeks. Haven’t tried, but sitting on some. Thanks for the note.
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@Shay A Think you’ll really like this one. Too lazy to get detailed, but I think William Kelley’s WA review sums it up rather nicely. Forth Friday happening tomorrow? Might be rolling through town on my way to Utah.
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@Arden Barnett : Yes, Fourth Friday will be taking place tomorrow! I’m not sure who will all be there, but I plan to drop by for a little bit. If time allows, stop by…there may be 5 people there, or 20!

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James Berry Vineyard Syrah Blend 2018

Awesome!!! Deep, dark, brooding . . . and tasty!! — 3 months ago

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Heart Stone Vineyard Syrah Blend 2008

Fruit basket let, overwrought unbalanced with a touch of VA upon opening, developed into an effusive fruit basket of an ideal cocktail wine, paired with boolgogi and it was fantastic — 3 months ago

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Paderewski Vineyard Zinfandel Blend 2014

Six different grapes in this one 30% mourvedre, 22% zin, 13% syrah, 13% tempranillo, 12% grenache, and 10% petite sirah). It’s Saxum so it’s awesome by definition, but what blew me away was that it was pretty aproachable right away…but was still drinking great after we set a little aside in the fridge for 5 days! Don’t know how Justin does it, but I’m glad he does! — 17 days ago

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James Berry Vineyard White Blend

Need food - almost like a baby dessert wine. — 2 months ago

Lucia Vineyards (Pisoni)

Gary's Vineyard Syrah 2017

Alex Lallos
9.2

Super nice. Cote rotie like. Roasted coffee, smoked meats and lots of dark fruit: supple, clean and decadent Note: if you’re not on the ‘Pisoni’ mailing list you’re missing out. Although you may not get ‘Pisoni’ Pisoni estate Pinot off the bat, you should load up on Lucia ‘slh’ Pinot which is 60% pisoni estate fruit and this Syrah which, along with Jeff Pisoni’s wife’s cattelaya label is maybe the best Syrah in America. Or among a select handful. It’s half as expensive as saxum, sqn and shafer but in my opinion twice as good. Boom @Jeff Pisoni — 3 months ago

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Booker Vineyard Syrah Mourvédre 2007

This was off-the-charts. From what I consider Justin Smith’s single greatest vintage ever - 2007 - this earlier version of the Booker Vineyard cuvee is almost all syrah (only 5% grenache in the blend). Just a spectacular wine. Has lost some of the power it had a few years ago, but now is acquiring some more nuanced components to it. I suspect this will still develop a bit along these lines for a couple of more years...but it’s pretty hard to resist right now. — 3 months ago

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Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

Shay A
9.2

Last of my bottles. This has a profile that seems to allow for early drinking, and the tannin and acidity here don’t make me regret finishing these (though I’m sure this will be just fine for 5+yrs in this type of profile).

Between a 92-93 here. One of my bottles poured for a big Paso theme (2010 Epoch Block B, 2015 Torrin Akashi, 2012 Saxum JBV, and others), this was close to pop and pour. When I first had this two years ago, it had a reductive/smoked meat profile on the nose that has disappated. Aromatics show lots of black cherry, black raspberries, amaretto, baking spices and espresso. Quite perfumed. The palate is juicy and lush, with more high toned black fruits, cedar, a roasted character and a lip smacking jamminess on the finish. Unabashedly Paso.

As an aside, it’s crazy how these can be found around $50 now after Constellation bought this label out...I paid $75! Good value at $50, not so good at $75.
— a month ago

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Scott Soren

Scott Soren

The ‘16 was amazing. ‘17 not as much

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Bone Rock James Berry Vineyard Syrah 2011

2011 poured in 2021. First Saxum ever and it was delightful. — 2 months ago

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James Berry Vineyard Grenache Blend 2007

Awesome. Just awesome. — 3 months ago

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What a pull!