2019 Saxum 'Hexe'
Paso Robles, California
49% Grenache, 18% Petite Sirah,16% Mataro, 9% Graciano, 8% Syrah. 16.6% alcohol. 789 cases made.
98-100 points, Jeb Dunnuck. "Coming from a warmer, sunnier terroir, the 2019 Hexe is a more black-fruited, powerful, masculine red...Assorted dark fruits, chocolate, graphite, and chalky minerality all define the bouquet, and it hits the palate with full-bodied richness, a deep, concentrated mid-palate, and a massive finish. It's not for those looking for lightweight aromas and flavors, but this is a singular beauty that could come from nowhere else."
Winemaker notes: "The brooding side of Grenache. Dark fruited, sandalwood, black pepper. Long caressing finish. It's really fun to taste it side by side with the Rocket. I love it! These 2019 wines have a little something for everyone, which is why I think I like them so much. Lifted, fresh aromatics of sage and spice and fruit. Along with lots of rich California fruit, deep textures, smooth tannins and lively acids that keep it all harmonizing so well. These days there are so many great wines out there that have one or the other. Rich, smooth tannins, or fresh, spice/fruit driven aromatics. I find it rare to have both, and frankly, that's my holy grail. What really piques my interest."