Saxum G2 Vineyard 2014
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Winemaker Notes :
The inaugural release of G2 is a blockbuster. They made two picks in 2014. First the top half of both the Grenache and Mourvedre which were co-fermented after de-stemming. Then two weeks later we picked the bottom halves of the blocks and co-fermented, but this time we used 100% whole cluster. For the first year we kept it in puncheons, many of them new French oak. We then racked into Foudres (huge barrels) for the last 6 months. Each lot came out ridiculously good, but the combo of the two is insane. Ripe, rich and hedonistic, yet full of complexity and length. Red fruit, with some darker tar and spice notes lurking in the background. The finish is a day long,maybe even two.
Blend: 58% Mourvedre, 42% Grenache
|Region||California, Central Coast, Paso Robles|
Wine AdvocateTasted just after bottling and a final blend of 58% Mourvedre and 42% Grenache, the 2014 G2 Vineyard comes from a site just to the southeast of James Berry (this was formerly known as Gravity Hills Vineyard) that was planted in the late 1990s. The first release from Justin from this site, this beauty sports a deep ruby/purple color as well as a gorgeous, layered bouquet of cured meats, spice, mulled dark fruits, graphite and loads of this chalky minerality that also emerges on the palate. Rich, full-bodied, ultra-pure and impeccably balanced, this seamless, full-bore beauty will need 2-3 years to really shine, and keep for a decade or more after that.
Wine SpectatorDistinctive, combining polish with appealing earthiness. Aromas of raspberry, mineral and smoky meat lead to structured and focused flavors of dried cherry, licorice and ground ginger. Finishes with refined tannins. Mourvèdre and Grenache. Drink now through 2028.
VinousInky purple. Powerful, deep-pitched aromas of ripe dark fruits, violet, incense, Indian spices and smoky minerals. Stains the palate with intense blackberry, bitter cherry and floral pastille flavors that open up and become sweeter with aeration. Extremely young and highly promising; the strikingly long, youthfully tannic finish leaves sappy blue fruit and spicecake qualities behind.