2020 Saxum 'Paderewski Vineyard'
Paso Robles, California
48% Syrah, 21% Mataro, 18% Zinfandel, 7% Graciano, 6% Tempranillo. 15.2% alcohol. 655 cases made. Drink now -2042.
93-95 points, Jeb Dunnuck. "This beauty brings lots of sweet fruit as well as complex notes of smoked herbs, pepper, licorice, and chocolate. It's balanced, has quality tannins and tons of character, and really shows the spicy, complex style of this site as well."
Winemaker notes: "Classic Rewski here. Blue fruits, chalky tannins. Complex lingering finish. Just begs for some BBQ. I'm getting hungry...... I think I know what I'm going to make tonight! I'm sure many of you have heard the woes of 2020. Fires devastated the entire West Coast of the U.S. Nobody was spared, but fortunately the vineyards of Paso were not hit too hard. The closest fire to us was up in Monterey County, which is about 90 miles north. Nonetheless, we approached the 2020 vintage very carefully in the cellar by running every possible type of analysis to detect damage from the smoke that was occasionally thick in the air that summer. Although a couple of the lots were suspect, everything else was clean. Phew!"