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2018 Saxum G2

Removed from a temperature and humidity controlled wine cellar; Purchased at retail

Removed from a subterranean, temperature and humidity controlled residential cellar; Purchased upon release; Consignor is original owner

Ends Sunday, 7pm Pacific

RATINGS

99Jeb Dunnuck

Powerful notes of herbes de Provence, candied orange, violets, peppery spice, and both blue and black fruits dominate the bouquet... This full-bodied, deep, opulent 2018 has incredible purity of fruit, a seamless texture that's to die for, ultra-fine tannins, and a blockbuster of a finish.

97The Wine Advocate

It explodes with layers of baked black and blue berries, coffee beans, aniseed and loads of floral aromas... The medium-bodied palate offers fine, silty tannins and well-integrated freshness, with concentrated dark fruit flavors that gain amplitude in the mouth, singing on the very long finish.

97Vinous / IWC

Powerful, intensely perfumed black raspberry, cassis, cherry liqueur, incense and licorice aromas pick up hints of violet oil and vanilla with air. Sweet, penetrating and focused on the palate, offering deeply concentrated red and dark berry liqueur, floral pastille, licorice and succulent herb flavors that show superb power and fine definition...finishes extremely long and sweet, with polished tannins coming in late.

94Wine Spectator

There's a brooding backbone to this blend that supports spirited, polished blueberry and cherry flavors. Accents of mineral, smoky herbs, orange peel and pepper persist toward medium-grained tannins.

REGION

United States, California, Central Coast, Paso Robles

Paso Robles AVA is midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, and it is considered one of the West Coast’s most exciting winemaking regions. With its hot, sometimes searingly dry and sunny weather, it is especially good country for growing warm climate grapes such as Syrah, Grenache and Mourvedre. Because many Paso Robles wineries have been successful with blending these grapes into Rhone Valley-style wines, it is known as the Rhone zone of California. The AVA was created in 1983 and there are 32,000 vineyard acres. In late 2014 the AVA was divided into 11 smaller sub-appellations, so starting with 2015 vintages labeling will become more specific on Paso Robles wines, which will now also list sub-appellations. Located in San Luis Obispo County, Paso Robles, the town and its surrounding area, was traditionally a farming and ranching region. But from a few dozen wineries in the early 1990s to more than 200 today, the area is quickly becoming known for wine and risk-taking winemakers.

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