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Saxum Paderewski Vineyard 2013

$175.00

SKU 24096

750ml

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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 short term. 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 everything pop.
Category Red Wine
Varietals
Country California
Region Central Coast
Appellation Paso Robles
Brand Saxum
Alcohol/vol 15.9%
  • wa96-99

Wine AdvocateComing from Bill and Liz Armstrong's Paderewski Vineyard on the southwest side of Paso, the 2013 Paderewski Vineyard is a blend of 34% Mourvèdre, 33% Zinfandel, 13% Petite Sirah, 12% Syrah and 8% Tempranillo, and is the first time Mourvedre (which is a variety Justin is more and more excited about) has trumped Zinfandel in the blend. It offers sensational notes of Bing cherries, blueberries, peppery herbs and lots of chalky minerality, full-bodied richness and a sexy, seamless and ethereal texture that carries plenty of building tannin. I underlined "Awesome Texture" three times in my note. Given the tannin, give it a year or so after release and enjoy bottles through 2025.

Jeb Dunnuck, August 2015