Rhone wines with friends (The Posk's): Great showing for this wine. Perfect with home made pizzas. Inky purple in color. The nose has black raspberries, dark cherries, slight soy, coffee and a bit of bramble. On the palate, this is slightly sweet/ripe. Lots of black cherries, raspberries and plums. Very deep. Great acidity. A lot going on here but this kept unwinding all night. Its great now but I think it will come together more and could garner another point or two. No harm drinking now though.
Decanted for an hour before service. In the glass, purplish-maroon. On the nose, a mixture of black fruits, salt water, and oak. On the palate, a hybrid of high-end Cali zinfandel and tannic, peppery syrah, with an assertive tannin-driven finish. It's still young, but I'd be willing to bet this has the bones to age well. Give it another go in 3 years.
This was popped and poured and to my surprise, almost unanimous wotn for 8 fairly novice drinkers. Sweet black fruits and dark chocolate dominate the palate on this with some oak and some tannis structure. Delicious but will continue to improve.
Its been over three years since I tried a bottle, I opened it 6 hours before dinner and after 4 hours decanted through a vinturi. Big nose of dark fruit, the palate was blackberry, dark cherries, red meat, touch of olive and spice. The long smooth finish went on forever.
Blend of Zinfandel 39%, Syrah 38%, Petite Syrah 13%. and Mourvedre 10%. This is a big, intense wine, which evolved in the glass over an hour or so almost in the sequence of the varietals. Starting out with a little heat but mostly fruity Zinfandel with an undercurrent of stronger things to come; then about 30 to 40 minutes in, the Syrah came out and dominated; and finally it took on some tannic heft with the Petite Syrah and Mourvedre. Drinking fine now, but clearly has room to age.
Aerated with a Vinturi and decanted for one hour. Nose of black cherry, black raspberry, dark chocolate, mocha, hard black licorice and spice. Rich black cherry, dark chocolate, coffee, leather and spice on the palate. Leads to a very long finish. Full bodied and dense. Paired with baked four cheese pasta.
End o' Summer Roundup - 2015: Firm and dense and classy, but I seem to be losing patience for the style. Dates dominate the aromatic and flavor profile and I prefer berries or brighter fruits. Some tea, forest floor and cedar accents add a bit of sophistication.
PnP'd, followed over the next six hours, then finished off the next day. Moderately expressive nose of blueberries, Ovaltine, and a faint, sweet herbal note I couldn't pinpoint, almost like some European herbal digestif (Jaegermeister even), though subtle and inoffensive. The wine was delightfully silken on the palate, relatively light and well-balanced considering this is 15.9% ABV full-throttled zin-syrah-pet-mourvedre Paso blend, though the alcohol did impart a sense of sweetness that some would not enjoy. Dark berry and cherry flavors were more prominent on the palate. Decent acidity, noticeable tannins and much extract make me think this will go at least another 5 years. On the other hand, I actually enjoyed it more on day 1 than day 2, so it is clearly open for business.
Red Blends on a Saturday afternoon (Loretta Paganini School of Cooking): So much better than a bottle that I had about a month ago. That was hot and disjointed until it had about 8 hours of air. This was good to go on pop and pour. The nose has black raspberries, cherries, spice, plums, and leather. On the palate, this has a great texture. Wonderful balance. Lots of cherries, black cherries and spice. Smooth and no heat. Long finish. Great showing.
Zinfandels on a Saturday Afternoon (Loretta Paganini School of Cooking): Pop and pour. Purple in color. The nose is consumed with alcohol. It is hard to sniff it. I let it sit a bit in the glass and that calmed down. Black raspberry fruit but also plenty of alcohol on the nose. The palate was the same way with a strong cough syrup quality. Most at the table complained about it. The wine seemed shut down hard as well. Just not giving much up to me. Hard to score this one and my expectations were so high, I am probably being hard on it, but maybe, to be fair 88. It was quite a disappointment to everyone at the table I think. There was a glass left that I drank later at night when at home and it was significantly better. The nose had that black raspberry with a bit of spice and some black cherries. No hear. The texture was wonderful. Creamy yet with plenty of strength. Great black raspberry fruit and depth and complexity. All the alcohol and heat were gone from my senses. I might score that last glass 94+ points. I can only assume this wine is not in a good spot right now. I never think of Zins shutting down, but this one certainly seemed to be shut down. If I was opening another bottle, I would give it a very long decant. I believe this is 39% Zin, with an equal amount of Syrah, and also some Petite Sirah and Mourvedre.
A lot of Wines at Tommy's Clambake (again) (Tommy K's.): Really great showing for this wine. It had been open for a while when I got to it, and was drinking great. The nose has bramble, raspberries, a bit of mint and graphite. Seamless. Gorgeous and quite accessible. Showing some complexity but this is more about richness and deliciousness. Lovely balance.
Decanted 21 hours. No notes taken but this was impressive. Gorgeously ripe fruit, both lush and deep, with graceful power and stylish structure. And the tell-tale Saxum finesse and balance was on full display, softening the edges, caressing, suggesting, enticing. Justin has crafted yet another sexy beast. 95-96
Slow ox'd for 10 hours then consumed over two days. The immediate impression was heat on the nose and dominating tannin which subsided after several hours. Day two was so impressive, I wish I had simply decanted the night before. The structure had fully integrated presenting a background of dark fruit with occasional raspberry, the foreground showing tar, licorice, and mineral elements, always seeming to alter slightly with each swallow. It is big, but neither heavy nor brooding. Did I mention the lush texture and reverberating finish? Yes, after a rocky start, I proposed to this wine on day two.
Catching up on cellar errors and deleting wines I drank during the year but not entering notes because they are just memories - EXCEPT this one. This was a big WOW wine. Dark and inky with cherries, blueberries, raspberries and spice. Meatiness and overall delicious. I had just spent an entire day supervising the cooking of dinner for 120 people and I was a bit tired, so I knew that morning that the day would have to end with something powerful. This was it. Not for the feint of heart BUT this is not a syrupy old style (I understand that they have changed but I have not tried a new one) Turley Zin. The petite syrah gives it earthiness and depth while Justin's magic mourvedre added meat juices. Overall an extremely complex flavor profile that knitted together very well and balanced the 15.9% ABV.
Popped and poured...my first experience with this new offering from Saxum...expressive floral nose and dark fruit...a big wine...I would never have guessed that zin is the largest component...the petite sirah is nice...smooth finish...went well with rack of lamb and steak.
Vigorously decanted: The nose was quite expressive upon opening, ample dark fruit on the nose and palate. For the first couple hours, the tannins were a bit bitter/drying on the finish, but came into check. The nose really blossomed at bout that point, and faded aromatically after about 3 hours. Big, skirting on Aussie Shiraz-like, but manages to walk on the balanced side of the line. I don't know if I would have identified this as zin-based blind.
Surprised myself in that I really enjoyed this. Very big, as expected, but not over the top, nor with the heat I often get with Saxum. Just delicious dark fruits and spices, as well as some floral and tar elements. Very dense, great mouth feel, nice finish. Good stuff!
Sorry, no formal notes. 3 hour decant. A superb wine. Black fruit dominated, definitely dominated by the Zin. Amazingly well balanced, sweet, integrated tannins. Just a delicious wine , with quite a long life ahead.
I always enjoy Saxum more with bottle age, but this is one of my favorite young Saxums I've ever tasted. Even though we were having a zin tasting, this is not a pure zin and does not have the rustic old-world heritage old-vine character that I love about the finest zins in California. Instead, this is a modern blend, a la Matt Trevisan or Dave Phinney, but finer and more sophisticated than any wine I've ever had from those talented winemakers. The wine starts with a beautiful sweet fruit-driven nose that carries into the palate where there is peppery, savory, and mouth-watering plate of charcuterie, along with the minerality of crushed rocks and graphite. The mouthfeel was round, plush and velvety, perhaps due to the significant amount of syrah and petite sirah components in the blend. This is a massive wine, so you better have it with some grilled meats. This was the clear WOTN for me. Thanks to Paul Lin for sharing this bottle.
I'm not sold on the Zin style from Saxum, great extraction as expected but the wine is a bit hot with some sour characteristics. Great purity of fruit and some good complexity keeps this in the lower 90's.
First Saxum. Decanted for hour and drank over 2. Needs more time but wanted to try and see what I think of Saxum before getting more. Zinfandel dominates. This is hot and tough right now. Definitely a desert wine - not great with food. Not sure if worth the price versus buying Epoch or Booker or Torrin for 50% of price...if you like this style or in the mood for it - which sometimes I am...
Rich, huge, delicious. full bodied, blackberry/blueberry fruit with pencil lead flavors, excellent structure, a bit chewy in texture and a little short on the finish, Petite Syrah fruit dominates, interesting but not as elegant as other Saxum blends, I found the alcohol amply contained by the enormity of fruit and thus the wine wasn't offensively hot
At first try it had lots of heat/alcohol. Decanted for about 2 hrs. Made a big difference. Typical full body Paso wine. Very dark color. Aromas and tastes of dark fruits like plum, blackberries, some cherry. Hints of strawberry and even some banana believe it or not (banana in a good way). This was a wow wine for us.
First day there was some MASSIVE alcohol, it was like a shot of vodka after a sip of wine. I put it back in the bottle and left it for day 2. Much better day 2, although still quite alcoholic, even for a Saxum, this is very good but needs some serious time or one massive decant.
Man this is a huge wine. Delicious but not that food friendly and one that is more a cocktail or after dinner wine. The nose has black and red raspberries, some cough syrup, some bacon fat and some bramble. Great texture. This and luxurious. Long finish. Curious how this is on Day 2.
39% Zin 38% Syrah 13%PS 10% Mouvedre nose - dark ripe fruit, blueberry, blackberry, charcoal mouth - huge fruit bomb. luscious and unctious, though as duane points out doesnt really have as full of a body as it should. Drink by itself.
Big, giant zin-oriented blend. Popped and poured and for 30-45 minutes, very monolithic. But after an hour or so, this is opening nicely. Not a subtle wine, but nice cinnamon and pine in front of a wall of inky black fruit. Finish is a bit tart and drying. Could definitely use a lot more time.
This was the first Saxum I have ever tasted, and I am now convinced why so many love these wines. The wine was opened and decanted for about 2.5 hours. It was magnificent, smooth, yet incredibly complex. To me, the Syrah stood out, and the Zinfandel complimented it beautifully. The flavours I remember were dark fruit, slight mint notes, sweet spices, eucalyptus and plums. This is a spectacular wine, and I am now buying lots of other Saxum wine! This was had alongside a 2009 Greer and a 2003 SQN Papa. The Saxum took WOTN
Wow, really really pops on the nose, just an absolute blast of blue and red fruits on the initial hit. Its ne of the better noses if smelled in quite awile where it just pops out of the glass. I did feel the wine lacked a bit in the mid palate, with just not much going on. Finishes awfullly nice with the structure and backbone you would expect. Really really good wine....but $90 for a zin field type wine? Better than most..definately but twice as good??? (and I'm a huge saxum fan)....
A high quality wine, but too fruit forward and a bit hot for my palate. We decanted about an hour before dinner and slowly consumed over about 3 hours. Lots going on with all the different components though and if you like really high octane wines, you'll love it.
Decanted using a vinturi for two and a half hours, huge wine, big zinfandel nose but the flavors of all the different grapes integrate perfectly, it was sipped slowly for over an hour and each glass got a little better. Will wait a year before trying another one. Totally impressive.
Upon opening, I declared it undrinkable, over-ripe, over-dense, over-oaky, slightly disjointed fruit concentrate. Frankly, I wasn't very surprised, and was ready to leave this wine to those in the room who might enjoy the style. However, about 3 hours later the bottle remained half full and someone said "try this, it's gotten better". Shocker...I rarely have experienced quite such an extreme turnaround in a relatively short period of time. The wine became a singular, silky treat with the oak and fruit melding, the fruit "clarifying" itself to a more pure Zinfandel character. Really shockingly good...I am humbled by my premature write-off of this wine..
--- COLOR: Black-purple with medium-purple rim, completely opaque NOTE: A beast. Should have put this through the Vinturi, but instead I decanted for 6 hours, put it back in the bottle, and then had it 5 hours later. It was still tight because this really isn't a Zin, it's a Syrah/PS with a healthy portion of Zin. Treat it as such. It is a hairy beast and doesn't give up much right now. Nose has nice brambly fruit characteristics, but it's also chock full of tobacco, granite and orange zest. The mouth is rich and round, a bit hot, but brims with an equal weighting of blackberry jam, currant, mulberry and cherry pipe tobacco. The finish really gets hot when the wine is above 65 degrees, and that's what knocks a couple points off. It still has loads of fruit in a 45 second finish. Nice wine, but I can get the same pleasure from a bottle 1/2 the price. Bad QPR. At least the Smiths put better wax on the capsule with this round and it comes off in one piece.
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Monster wine - amazing first zinfandel based wine from Justin Smith. Forgot to post when consumed so no specific tasting notes. Second bottle was a gift but did not last. Sean wanted to open and consume it on the spot.
Upon opening, full of fruit and great nose. First taste was amazing. Put it back to slow-O for eight hours...nose of alcohol and taste was very disjointed. Not good. Had a glass and put the cork back in for a day. Day 2: much better. Fruit came back on the nose, mouthfeel was rich and lush. I guess I will put my other one away for years.
had to open this bottle due to an issue with the cork and some seepage. That being said, WOW! There was nothing wrong with the wine, but since it was seeping I couldn't cellar it for any time. This is so different from the other Saxum's I have been lucky enough to have. I think it was maybe due to the Zin. It was well balanced, highly extracted, fruit forward and a joy to drink. As it opened up it just got better. While this certainly is one to cellar for a bit, it can be enjoyed now after a decant. Great wine, well made. Don't pass this one up if you get a chance to get some!
Hyperextracted and juicy, but markedly dominated by Zin on the nose and palate. Finish lacks a little and develops a slight Zin copper / metallic taste mid to late. Nice wine, but I think this flavor profile can be achieved at a much better QPR. It may need time to blow off some of the fruit and let the structure come through, but very easing drinking and a crowd pleaser.