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Saxum Paderewski Vineyard 2013
I think this is one of the, if not THE best vintage we have ever had. There are some vintages that are more of this or more of that, but the '13s have a bit of everything. Concentration, but not super rich (hello '14s!), soft tannins but still some grip, great fresh acids but nothing searing or ﬂabby, depth, depth, and more depth, they are as a whole wines that continue to evolve in the glass for days, every sip revealing something new, something that was hidden the previous sip. They will deﬁnitely reward a few years of cellaring but will be very enjoyable in the
The Paderewski is not a classic in the sense that I don't feel we have a classic Paderewski Vineyard style yet. We continue to tweak the blend every year and the 2013 is no exception. For the ﬁrst time the Zinfandel is in second place and Mourvèdre has taken the lead. As the vines at this vineyard age and I get a better handle on them I am more and more a believer that the Mourvèdre from here is insane. We always have two main lots from this vineyard, the ﬁrst picked is the Zin/Temp/Syrah lot (all co-fermented in a single concrete cube). I'm always blown away by how awesome it is that the Temp balances the Zin out and how perfectly delicious and fresh it is. Then the later picked Mourvèdre/Petite Sirah lot comes in and I'm ﬂoored! Black, rich, textured with huge chalky tannins and fruit for days. When the blends are ﬁnally assembled I love how the Zin really makes
Wine AdvocateOne of the more accessible 2013s is the 2013 Paderewski Vineyard, which checks in as a blend of 34% Mourvedre, 33% Zinfandel, 13% Petite Sirah, 12% Syrah and the rest Tempranillo. Its deep ruby, vibrant color is followed by sensational notes of caramelized black cherries, spice box, peppery herbs and chalky minerality. Rich, full-bodied, utterly seamless and gorgeous on the palate, it's an incredible expression of this higher elevation, warm site that readers shouldn't miss.
Wine SpectatorPowerful and loaded with personality, this features aromas of smoky dried berry and black licorice that open to dense, rich flavors of plum, cracked pepper beef and grilled herb. The tannins are ripe but muscular. Mourvèdre, Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Syrah and Tempranillo. Best from 2018 through 2027. 700 cases made.