2010 Saxum "Paderewski Vineyard" Paso Robles Red Blend (1.5L)

SKU #1124600 95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 A kitchen sink blend of 35% Zinfandel, 26% Mourvedre, 19% Tempranillo, 11% Syrah, and 9% Petite Sirah that comes from Bill and Liz Armstrong’s (Epoch Wines) Paderewski Vineyard (4th leaf), the 2010 Paderewski Vineyard is a perfumed extrovert that delivers loads of Zin flair, with brambly black and blue fruits, licorice, charred earth, spice box, and crushed flowers on the nose. Sweetly fruited, seamless, and gorgeously textured, with a powerful, tannic, and heady finish, this hedonistic effort also stays light on the palate and is hard to resist. It, too, should benefit from short term cellaring, and impress for over a decade. (JD)  (7/2014)

95 points Vinous

 The 2010 Paderewski Vineyard is firing on all cylinders today. The Zinfandel is very much front and center in a big, boisterous wine full of personality. Mocha, chocolate, spice and plum notes caress the palate in a succulent, highly expressive wine to drink now and over the next handful of years. This is without question the biggest and most exuberant of the Saxum wines. Today it is stunning. The 2010 is 35% Zinfandel, 26% Mourvèdre, 19% Tempranillo, 11% Syrah and 9% Petite Sirah. (AG)  (7/2013)

95 points Wine Spectator

 A powerhouse blend that's focused and balanced, yet loaded with personality and a sense of place. Spicy wild berry and mineral aromas lead to rich, layered flavors of boysenberry, toasted herb and anise wrapped around muscular tannins. Zinfandel, Mourvèdre, Tempranillo, Syrah and Petite Sirah.  (3/2013)

94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Opaque purple. An exotically perfumed bouquet displays scents of spice-accented black raspberry, cherry, violet and incense, with a bright mineral quality gaining power with air. Densely packed but impressively vibrant, offering sweet red and dark berry flavors that show iqueur-like depth and intensity. Floral pastille and raspberry notes carry through a long, sappy, seamless finish. (JR)  (12/2012)

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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.