Awesome!!! Deep, dark, brooding . . . and tasty!! — 3 months ago
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
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
Need food - almost like a baby dessert wine. — 2 months ago
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
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
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
2011 poured in 2021. First Saxum ever and it was delightful. — 2 months ago