A saxum tasting at Cooking School (ICASI): This may end up being the best of the four but today, it is very tight and powerful. Usually, I say five years from vintage is a good time to start drinking but this still seems very tight and brooding. Dark purple in color with some ruby at the rim. The nose shows dark cherries, black raspberries, a fair amount of vanilla and spice. On the palate, this is still pretty monolithic. A wall of fruit. Firm tannins. It is delicious, and I know people who love a wine like this. For me, next to the other vintages, this showed more in potential. With some vigorous swirling it start to show a bit more, but then it is time to move on. It was also paired with a Waldorf salad which did it no favors.
New Years Eve (Donnhoff, Realm and Saxum) (Our home): This baby is singing. My wife without knowing what it was said, this was really good. Allowed to breath for an hour but not decanted. Inky purple in color. This kept getting better but we did save some for day 2. The nose is great with black raspberries, grilled meats, slight decayed meat, white pepper, and a slight flora note. On the palate, this is a big wine but it has that Saxum quality I haven't seen as much lately, that is to say, light on its feet but packing a punch. Ali in his prime if you will. Smooth, no rough edges, no heat. Each sip begets another one. Complex if a bit tight, it unwinds beautifully in the glass. We had to go to a NYE party, and I hated to leave some in the bottle, but I am looking forward to seeing what happened over night. As it turned out we drank cocktails at the party, so this was my last wine of the year. A great end to a great wine year!
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