Saxum G2 Vineyard Red 2016
|Region||California, Central Coast, Paso Robles|
Checking in as a blend of 47% Grenache, 40% Mourvèdre and 13% Tannat (this is the first vintage to included Tannat, and since 2015 this cuvee has been more Grenache dominated), the 2016 G2 Vineyard is crazily exotic, with notes of black raspberries, white pepper, salty minerality, chalk, and blood orange. Full-bodied, supple, polished and nicely structured, it should drink relatively great right out of the gate if the tannin integrates.
I tasted a representative blend of the 2016 G2 Vineyard, a wine that's still youthfully primary, revealing spicy aromas of cherries, plums and wild berries. On the palate, it's full-bodied, bright and taut, with fine-grained but distinctly savory tannins that are already nicely integrated into its generous core of fruit. The blend contains 42% Grenache, 35% Mataro, fully 20% Tannat and 3% Zinfandel, and Smith observes that he was very careful in fermenting the Tannat to avoid extracting excessive structure.
Intense and muscular, with a potent brew of blackberry, crushed rock, bitter chocolate and licorice flavors that builds toward broad-shouldered tannins. Hands off for now. Grenache, Mataro, Tannat and Zinfandel. Best from 2021 through 2027. 700 cases made.