Saxum Vineyards is located in the Paso Robles AVA of Central California. Founded in the early 2000’s by Justin Smith, a young winemaker who had previously been part-owner of Linne Calodo, Saxum leapt into the limelight in late 2010 when its 2007 James Berry Vineyards wine was named the #1 Wine of 2010 by Wine Spectator. Smith owns the winery with his wife Heather, and produces up to 2,800 cases of wine a year.
Paderewski Vineyard is owned by Bill and Liz Armstrong of Epoch Estate. Paderewski is know for Zinfandel and Petite Sirah and Justin Smith combined them with the Rhone varieties he has mastered.
Purple in color. 16.1% ABV. 35% Zinfandel, 26% Mourvedre, 19% Tempranillo, 11% Syrah and 9% Petite Sirah. Exotic, perfumed nose of brambly blue and black fruits, licorice, cocoa and flowers. Full bodied with exquisite acidity. Notable balance. Exceptionally plush and concentrated. Blackberry, boysenberry, blueberry liqueur and anise on the palate. Tremendous length on the finish. Incredibly delicious and unique. Best over the next several years.
My rating: 96 points.
Current wines from Saxum are available via the mailing list at $98 per bottle. There is a several year wait before you can expect to receive an offer.