Range: 94-96 Points"
Saxum Paderewski Vineyard (1.5L Magnum) 2011
Rhone Red Blends from California
The 'Rewski Vineyard is in a slightly warmer microclimate, and the resulting wine de?nitely leans on the dark fruit side. Saxum utilized a good amount of Tempranillo and Mourvedre in this blend, with less Syrah then typical. What always blows me away about this vineyard is how ?oral it is. Ripe peaches are consistently found in the nose, along with honeysuckle and roses. It's as if this wine had a large percentage of Viognier hiding in it. However, on the pallet it has tons of dark fruit..... think black cherries dipped in bitter dark chocolate. The ?nish is classic 'Rewski, with long echoes of chalky dusty tannins.
Blend: 34% Zinfandel, 31% Mourvedre, 16% Tempranillo, 10% Syrah, 9% Petite Sirah
The Wine Advocate - "Much more sexy and voluptuous, the 2011 Paderewski Vineyard (34% Zinfandel, 31% Mourvedre, 16% Tempranillo, 10% Syrah and 9% Petite Sirah) delivers loads of black and blue fruits, spice, incense, chocolate and pan dripping-like savoriness to go with a full-bodied, decadently styled mouthfeel. Showing chalky minerality on the finish, it’s a complex 2011 that should be reasonably approachable on release and have 12-15 years of overall longevity.
Vinous / Antonio Galloni - "The 2011 Paderewski Vineyard is striking. This is the first vintage in which vineyard and vintage speak more eloquently than the separate varieties in the blend. Seamless and impeccable, the 2011 offers up an exciting mélange of dark red cherries, plums, mulling spices and menthol. The Zinfandel, which usually dominates, is much better integrated than in the past. Despite all of its size, the 2011 remains relatively light on its feet. An impeccable finish supported by beams of minerality rounds things out in style. This is a great showing from one of the most intriguing wines in the Saxum range. The blend is 34% Zinfandel, 31% Mourvedre, 16% Tempranillo, 10% Syrah and 9% Petite Sirah.
Range: 93-95 Points"
International Wine Cellar - "Inky purple. Powerful, expansive aromas of dark berry compote, cola, dark chocolate and licorice, with a smoky mineral quality adding vivacity. Sappy, deeply pitched blackberry and cassis flavors are sharpened by juicy acidity and gain sweetness with air. Shows outstanding clarity and power on the finish, which features supple tannins and sweet, clinging dark berry preserve and floral pastille notes. "
Wine Spectator - "A bruiser, muscular and ripe, with floral boysenberry and chunky chocolate aromas that lead to rich huckleberry flavors, accented by notes of licorice and smoky, savory herb. Shows a touch of heat on the finish. Zinfandel, Mourvèdre, Tempranillo, Syrah and Petite Sirah."
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Saxum Vineyards is focused on producing Syrah, Grenache, and Mourvedre based blends from the Templeton Gap of Paso Robles, California. We let our rocky calcareous soils, steep hillsides, and cooling ocean breezes speak through our wines by keeping our yields extremely low, picking fruit at the peak of ripeness, and using a minimalist approach in the cellar. Production is kept at a total of 2200-2800 cases per year divided between 6 different cuvees, Broken Stones, Heart Stone Vineyard, James Berry Vineyard, Booker Vineyards, Rocket Block and Bone Rock. View all Saxum Wines
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California has nearly 100 American Viticulture Areas (AVAs) and accounts for almost 90% of wine production in the United States. In our section of Other California, we include wines from smaller AVAs as well as wines from the California AVA. Here are a few smaller AVAs you may see on the label:
Livermore Valley AVA, located right outside of San Francisco and home to wineries such as Wente.
Lodi County AVA, an AVA further east of San Francisco and known for its excellent, old-vine Zinfandels.
San Francisco Bay AVA, a sprawling AVA that covers Contra Costa, Santa Clara and Santa Cruz counties, to name a few. Wine that holds only the California AVA is typically a wine that includes grapes from a number of different AVAs, which leads to the general labeling of the wine as California. This does not denote the quality of the wine, only the diversity of where the grapes originate.
About CaliforniaIt's not rare to see a wine's country of origin listed as "California." A country into itself in the wine world, California makes enough varieties and styles to match many European wine countries. It produces a diverse range of wines that span the quality spectrum.
The most famous of the California wine regions is Napa Valley, and these wines are certainly outstanding – but it's not as broad and diverse as its larger neighbor, Sonoma County. Down south, Santa Barbara's Santa Maria Valley is well-known for its Rhône blends, as well as cool-climate varieties like Pinot and Chardonnay. The Central Coast, the largest California AVA, has many different microclimates that lead to a wide range of wines with many sub-AVAs.
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.