2016 Saxum G2 Vineyard Rhone Blend, Paso Robles

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Tasting Notes:

Jeb Dunnuck, JebDunnuck.com

Tasting Date: 8/10/2017

Rating: (95-98)

Checking in as a blend of 42% Grenache, 35% Mataro, 20%

Tannat, and 3% Zinfandel (this is the first vintage to included Tannat, and since 2015 this cuvee has been more Grenache dominated), the 2016 G2 Vineyard is crazily exotic, with notes of black raspberries, white pepper, salty minerality, chalk and blood orange. Full-bodied, supple, polished and nicely structured, it should drink relatively great right out of the gate if the tannin integrates.

I’ve raved so much about the wines from Saxum’s Justin Smith, I feel like a broken record every new vintage. Nevertheless, these latest vintages are all stellar, and certainly the move to the new cellar hasn’t affect or changed the quality here. The 2014s show the richer, more fleshy style of the vintage, yet still carry the slightly more streamlined/elegant style that Smith has chosen over the past few years. The 2015s play even more in that realm, which is very much the vintage, and are lively and elegant, with pretty, perfumed characters – and plenty of fruit. The 2015s share a lot of similarities to the 2011s (which shined for their aromatics), yet have more fruit and power. It’s worth noting that the majority had just been recently bottled, which makes these showings even more impressive. A vintage that really excites me is the 2016s, which appear to be a return to a more bombastic style, with beautiful fruit and texture.

Bottle Size:

750 mL

Storage History:

Stored on it’s side in a climate controlled cellar since purchase.

Condition:

Perfect.

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