The wine looks inky colored. The legs are medium. There is no sediment in the bottle. It smells like black pepper, oak, blackberry, forest floor and stems. It tastes like blackberry, forest floor, oak and stems. The body is full. The wine has juicy texture. The wine finishes long. The wine has medium acidity.
Not fully developed yet, but much more integrated than the bottle we had about a year and a half ago. Smooth, multi layered complexity, good acidity leading to a juicy dark fruit profile, lively tannins. Will be hard to keep our hands off the rest. People who appreciate this fruit forward Cali style will love these. We get smoky, dark fruit, olive, cola, Syrah flavors followed by the red fruit, spicy Grenache, the Mourvedre/Petite Syrah round it out. Served at cellar temp, pop n poured during the Final Four. Opens in an hour or two. Drinks best in the first three to four hours or so and then goes more mineral and tannic.
This wine was drank at Morton's steak house with no decanting. It was clear and quite a deep purple in colour. The nose had quite a bit of grape jam to it along with some caramel. These two smells also were in my tasting notes. I found this wine to be quite low on tannins and acidity and the alcohol level felt lower that it actually is. Quite an enjoyable wine tonight.
This was drank at home using the Coravin. The wine was slightly cloudy and mostly ruby red in colour with some purple tinges to it and there were red cherries and blueberry jam on the nose. In the glass was a wine that had those same cherry flavours mixed in with a noticeable amount of tobacco and chocolate tastes. The acidity was very strong and the tannins were quite heavy as well. This wine tonight was overall a bit thin on taste but I assume it will get better over time. It may be a good idea to hold off on these for another year or so before drinking.
Followed bobpsi's decanting schedule (open at noon, decant at 4, serve at 6), and was rewarded with similar results. In the glass, raspberry red at the rim, fading quickly to black at the core. On the nose, loads of crushed red fruit and a floral note. On the palate, a blend of blueberries, raspberries, grenache liqueur, a bit of funk, a bit of smoke, and a bit of blood, with a silky texture and a tannic spine. This kept getting better as the evening went on...
Opened at noon, decanted at 4 pm and served at 6 pm. Big nose of black and blue fruits, red flowers and ash. Balanced palate, mostly black fruits and floral notes with some subtle smoke beef notes. Firm tannins.
This bottle was decanted for 30 minutes at a local steakhouse. It was clear and ruby red in colour. The wine had a very strong nose of caramel that was even overpowering the bouquet of red cherries that was in the glass. The tannins and acidity were quite strong and all these factors lead me to believe that I should give these bottles some more time before opening them in the future.
Decanted and immediately sipped over an hour. Still quite young but showing pretty good integration with red and blue fruit aromas and on the palate. Big Saxum style but not over the top. Saved a bit for next day and there was no noticeable oxidation and there was improvement.
WTDS at Capital Grille (Mpls, MN): Purple red color. Drank 1 glass over an hour. This was a big bruiser of a wine. Very big black fruits on the nose, quite herbal, a bit green, savory, roast meat, oak. The palate is dense and chewy, big bold black fruits, blackberry and black raspberry, oak, good acid, with a very long and invigorating finish. Balanced despite its alcohol content. My dad would just love this baby. 92+ to 93pts.
Dark red. Drank over several hours but did not decant. Drank to celebrate my son's birthday. Black cherry preserves, rich,complex, well integrated tannins, and perfect acidity to bring this all together for the complete package. Everything is in balance. Drinking very well now but clearly going to do well for the next decade. Deserves all the hype it gets!
Gave a ton (day +) of decanter-based air that really helped shed a little fat off of this, leading to an absolutely outstanding bottle. Syrah and a bit of mouvedre on the nose, leading to a nice rounded flavor profile, ultimately getting a great "cut" from grenache on the mid palate into a pleasing longer finish. Really tasty and perhaps my favorite of the '10 Saxums that I've had (everything but the JBV thus far).
Decanted for 3 hours. Tar, diesel fuel and raw meats on nose. Big, bold flavors of blackberry, anise & fresh, dry herbs. Very N. Rhone like. High, round tannins. Powerful, long on palate 30 + seconds, with fine, white pepper & a touch of all spice. Stellar!
I wanted to like this wine more than I did...perhaps because it is still a bit angular at this stage, with the fruit not fully integrated. A bit leaner than I expected, and I attribute this to youth. Certainly the fruit is there, but a few years in bottle may reveal more depth/complexity. Provisional score.
Fantastic Broken Stones with a lot of dark fruit complexity. Tasted great out of the bottle after just going through the Vinturi aerator, continued to improve over dinner and even was even better the next day. I love how you can enjoy a bottle of Saxum over a few days. A couple of years will definitely help smooth this one out though as it is fairly full throttle now, with only a medium-long finish.
Very dark purple. Nose of coffee, blackberry. Dark fruits, coffee and spice on the palate. Medium mouthfeel. Long finish. This is a great example of a very concentrated fruit foward wine that is delicious because it is well balanced. Improved with some warming from cellar temp and air. Really delicious.
Open and poured. First sip was a bit hot, tannic but showed promise. Gave it about 30 minutes and wow! Got better as the dinner went on. Full body. Very silky. Aromas/Flavors of dark choc, mocha, raspberries & plums. Went very well with our steaks.
Awesome Dinner with Friends (Erasmus, SQN, Saxum, Pride, Dehlinger++) (Out and about): This is about 63% Syrah IIRC, so it just barely fit the them. This is a big wine. The nose is great with raspberries, black raspberries, white pepper and slight candied notes. Great lovely slick but full texture. On the palate, this is ripe and slightly sweet red fruit. Very smooth. Of course young, but showing depth and complexity. Great wine.
I sound like a broken record.... This is an amazing wine. Justin Smith is hitting on all cylinders. Ripe, balance and complex. Fantastical! The weight of this wine is substantial of make sure there is food to challenge it.... or just drink solo while watching football!!!! Drink while listening to Eden by Sara Bareilles on Brave or better yet watch live on my iphone's live recording from Troutdale, Oregon.
Surprised by 2 friends dropping buy after already into the JLChave Silene. This wine slowed down the evening for appreciation. Didn't get heat on the nose and maybe a touch of pepper over time. Great balance and mouth feel - dark fruits and grilled meats. Had to check the bottle twice to believe it was 15.3% alcohol. Looking forward to the next bottle in less of a rush! Go find some if you don't have some.
Decanted for three hours. Eggplant and garnet, with a crimson rim. Mounds of wild dark berries, violets, braised turkey, sloes and scorched earth. Depth and nuance laden, she possess enough finesse and backbone to age for awhile. Evocative in its nature; once you place your nose in the glass it is an instant love affair. Chocolate essence is all part of this amazing blend. Drink 2014 - 2025. See previous notes.
Pop and poured, the first glass was difficult. Port like with heat on the nose and the palate. Let it sit for an hour and started again. The nose is better with black raspberries, iodine, leather and grilled meats. Smoother if still monolithic on the palate. With more air, the nose becomes enticing and layered. Add some blueberries and black pepper to the mix. The palate smooths out as well. With about 4 hours of air, this is singing. No sign of alcohol or heat. Its gotten more lively as shows depth and nuances. Last glass after its been open for 7 hours I easily the best. Complex and smooth. Not over powering. Wonderful wine, but decant or wait.
Violets and meat, then berry bliss. So much body and ripe, velvety tannins, with a silky ending. Full-bodied, and inextricably voluptuous. She is extroverted and smolderingly sultry. Drink 2014 - 2025.
Day 1: showing herby, peppery and very ripe fruited, as one might expect. Slight melted vinyl, lots of vanilla oak, but tasty and aromatic - pretty much what you expect from the style.
Nine days later: showed better this time, with the fruit feeling ripe and exuberant, with less of the stewed fruit feel. It was pretty comparable to top wines from Alban and Pax that I've had in the past. 93-94
A bit tight but I could tell it had potential if allowed to open for a few hours. I would really have loved to have some a second day. Unfortunately it did not last that long. The nose was a bit muted compared to some of the other wines we had but still nice.
Dark purple, red. Leathery, meaty nose. Lots of black fruit, ultra dry tannins, but smooth. Bright acidity. Very complex. Sharp early, after half hour started to smoothen out. 1 hour in, red fruit starts coming out. Very nice as long as you give it time.
One hour decant. Excellent. Full of red and blue fruit, vanilla creme, earth, spice, rocks, complex and balanced. Long finish, silky texture. Was concerned this would be too hot and a fruit bomb. It isn't. Delicious wine and paired perfectly with a blue cheese burger.
Beautiful nose filled with minerals, camphor, deep red fruit, earth, tar, and dust. Like velvet in the mouth. Soft and lush with a long finish of candied, red fruit. Consumed at the Wine Cask in Santa Barbara.
Why do I keep buying this year in and year out? I know it is sacrilegious to say this about any Saxum, but come on. While this has excellent tasty fruit if you chew on the wine, it is simply hot and out of balance, and comes with slight bitterness on the finish. It is not just stylistic to me, I like plenty of big wines, but I simply do not get it on this one. Again, yes it is tasty, but scratch the veneer of that and ????
Deep opaque purple in the glass. Nose is rich ripe and too delicious. Notes of deep black fruit, cacao, and mocha start to appear. There is also a meaty character present. The palate shows richness and power with good balance. Drinking well now with a good decant to let the structure relax a bit.
This was brought to a friend's house and decanted for 30 minutes. The wine was a clear ruby colour with medium intensity. It had a clean nose with a mid level bouquet of vanilla and cherries. In the glass was a wine with an off dry level of sweetness with a medium body full of vanilla and red cherries. Acidity and tannins were both mid level. I wouldn't have picked this for a syrah based wine as it was not overly spicy at all. it was quite enjoyable and had a good 20 second finish. I'm looking forward to seeing how this evolves over time.
The color is remarkable in clarity and brilliance. It is ruby and dense and not entirely opaque with some hints at purple violet. The smells are spice, pepper, vanilla, tar, and wet stone. The tastes are dark blueberry, vanilla, wet stone, dark cherry, hoisin, and hint of olive. The tannins are satin like and the finish is long. This wine is powerful and elegant.
First experience with this producer and this bottle gave an excellent showing. The wine was decanted about an hour before serving. On both the bouquet and palate this wine was large scaled with ample dark fruits, spice and charred oak notes. The full bodied palate shows density and concentration with enough acidity to focus the wine. Impressive now for its youthful accessibility, this bottle gives the impression that the wine will benefit from additional bottle age.