2009 Saxum "Paderewski Vineyard" Paso Robles Red Blend

SKU #1090548 97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2009 Paderewski Vineyard is a new bottling from a site Smith developed for Bill and Liz Armstrong, the owners of Epoch. Zinfandel, Syrah, Petit Sirah and Mourvedre are planted in separate plots but co-fermented. Layers of dark fruit meld into flowers, mint, sweet spices, menthol, eucalyptus and plums, with marvelous density and harmony. This shows superb aromatic complexity and tons of nuance to match its absolutely striking personality. It is a dazzling effort, especially for a young vineyard in just its third leaf. The blend was 39% Zinfandel, 38% Syrah, 13% Petite Sirah and 10% Mourvedre. (AG)  (8/2011)

95 points Jeb Dunnuck

 Coming from a vineyard owned by Bill and Liz Armstrong of Epoch Estate, the 2009 Saxum Paderewski Vineyard (39% Zinfandel, 38% Syrah, 12% Petite Sirah, and 10% Mourvedre) is easily the most upfront and approachable of Justin’s 2009s. Loaded with brambly berry styled fruits, spice, meat juice, and toast on the nose, the wine is full-bodied, gorgeously textured, and loaded with sweet fruit. It’s brilliant now, yet there’s enough fine tannin and underlying structure here to keep this drinking well for 12-15 years.  (6/2012)

94 points Wine Spectator

 Rustic, muscular and dense, with a chewy core of dried berry, roasted herb, hot brick, blackberry and wild berry, with spice and mineral flavors folding in on the finish. (JL)  (2/2012)

93 points James Suckling

 This is full and spicy with blackberry and spices with a chalk and dried fruits. Round and velvety. A little warm but I like the spices. This is wine from a vineyard on Peachy Canyon road. Solid core of fruit here.  (10/2011)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Inky purple. Seductively perfumed aromas of dark berry preserves, potpourri, Asian spices, anise and mocha. Broad, sweet and spicy in the mouth, showing outstanding vivacity to its black and blue fruit flavors accented by clove and candied flowers. Finishes spicy and lucid. This is the first release for this bottling. (JR)  (11/2011)

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Paso Robles

- Located about halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, this inland AVA enjoys a sunny and hot growing period while its seaside neighbors hang in the fog. Zinfandel is the traditional red grape of choice, though cabernet, chardonnay, and Rhône varietals are gaining favor. Most are made in a fruit-forward, early drinking style.