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Saxum Vineyards, G2 Vineyard Red, Paso Robles, California, 2021

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Overview of the Wine
Saxum Vineyards is focused on producing Grenache, Syrah, and Mataro based blends from the Willow Creek District of Paso Robles. We let our rocky calcareous soils, steep hillsides, sunny days, and cooling ocean breezes speak through our wines by keeping our yields low, picking the fruit at the peak of ripeness, and using a minimalist approach in the cellar. We respect our land and farm everything sustainably without chemical fertilizers, herbicides, or pesticides. Because our vine’s roots penetrate deep through the fissures in the calcareous soil irrigation is rarely needed. Production is kept around 8000 cases a year divided between ten different cuvees, Broken Stones, James Berry Vineyard, The Hexe, Bone Rock, Rocket Block, G2 Vineyard, Paderewski Vineyard, Heart Stone Vineyard, 4hearts Vineyard, and James Berry Vineyard White.

Hexe can have two meanings, to perform magic or, simply, a witch. I like them both when applied to this wine. It is a multi-vineyard cuvée that is built around Grenache. Not just any old Grenache. We are selecting our blackest, most wicked Grenaches, the ones that we know will benefit from 33 months aging in various large puncheons or concrete amphora. The heart of this cuvée is the oldest block at James Berry Vineyard, a South facing hilltop Grenache block that was planted in 1980. Around this lot we like to weave in some of the most intense Grenache and Mataro blocks from G2 Vineyard, along with a bit of Petite Sirah from Paderewski Vineyard. It is the dark side of Grenache. Black magic.

Grape / Blend
64% Grenache, 14% Syrah, 10% Mataro, 6% Carignan, 6% Graciano

Origin
Paso Robles, California

Winemaker's Tasting Notes
We have another awesome G2 wine on our hands here. This
vineyard has really been hitting it out if the park for us.
Gorgeous nose of raspberries and spice, with a great texture
that caresses the palette, and a nice long finish that goes on
and on. Stunner.

99 Points - Jeb Dunnuck 
Not yet bottled but already incredibly impressive, the 2021 G2 will be Grenache-dominated but includes smaller amounts of Syrah and Graciano. It’s loaded with red and black raspberry-like fruits as well as tons of floral, pepper, and spicy nuances, which carry to a full-bodied, pure, elegant red. It’s remarkably complex for such a young wine and has incredible tannins and a gorgeous finish. Don’t miss it.

95 Points - Decanter
Saxum has been working with the G2 vineyard since 2014, and this Grenache-dominant 2021 embodies the phrase ‘iron fist in a velvet glove’, in its restraint combined with power. Dark cherries on a shy nose, hints of cedar and toastiness. The palate is a well-integrated study on precision and interplay: dark currant and plum fruits, cinnamon, black pepper, completed by sweet oak spice.

Product size: 750ml

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