Decanted for 4 hrs. Celebrating a new gig that was made official the day before, I wanted something with a little wow factor. Certainly a Saxum wine, no question, but I love the firm structure that keeps this wine pretty reigned for current drinking. Perhaps the 26% of Mourvedre is flexing its muscle as there was a pretty good tannic structure, plus a dark earthy cherry and tree bark qualities that I associate with the grape. A first few sips did detect a trace of heat (15.8) but this sorted itself rather quickly. Sadly, my last of two bottles and I would strongly advocate holding this for a few years before it really starts to shine. Great wine though, no question.
Nose of meat, blood, smoke, spices and sweet cherries. The nose was interesting though a bit extreme at this point. The palate however was much more civilized lots of primarily red berry fruit, but also Black fruit, roast spices like cloves and allspice, good tannic grip and acidity to back it up. Still Young.
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