- Producer: Saxum Vineyards - read about the Estate
- Winemaker: Justin Smith
- Region (AVA): Paso Robles (Willow Creek District)
- Blend: 42% Grenache, 35% Mataro, 20% Tannat, 3% Zinfandel
- Vintage production: 642
- Winery location: Willow Creek
- First vintage: 2014
- Drinking window: 2020-2035
About The Wine:
Beginning with the 2014 vintage, Saxum brought a new vineyard into the fold. The G2 vineyard is only half a mile from the estate, directly to the South West. Justin's friend friend Bill Gibbs (of Heart Stone fame) purchased the property with 40 acres already planted to Grenache, Mataro, Syrah, Tannat, and Zinfandel. Jsutin locked down his favorite blocks, an amazing 5 acre South slope planted to Mataro and Grenache. These blocks are extremely rocky and steep, a twin of the Syrah block at Booker Vineyard, with a vertical rise of 200 feet in a single row! His hunches were right and the fruit off these blocks are mind blowing. Since 2014 they have planted 8 more blocks; 2 North facing Grenache blocks, 2 big south slopes with head trained Graciano, a North face Syrah block, and some blocks of Carignane and Cinsault. Justin plans to keep the blend Grenache and Mataro dominant but want to bring in these supporting characters for a little extra complexity.
NOTES FROM JUSTIN: The 2016 G2 is a real winner too. Perhaps even darker than the JBV (partially thanks to the addition of Tannat, what some call the Heart of Darkness). It is a truly exotic wine. Not far beneath the core of plum and blood orange there are scents of what I would imagine a Moroccan market would smell like, incense and spice and perhaps a touch of something illegal (at least in most of the US!). I think this wine will reward some patience in the cellar, more so than the other Grenache blends we made in 2016. Give her 3 years to really strut her stuff.
The 2016 vintage is one of the ﬁnest, if not THE ﬁnest vintage to come around in our 17 years of Saxum. (Isn’t it always true that the current vintage is the best ever?) What happened to make the 2016 wines so nice you ask? Well, what stands out to me is how even keeled the whole season was. It was a drought busting rainy winter, followed by a nice warm spring. The spring had minimal frost which in turn provided a good set of fruit and gave us the option to thin the fruit down to just the perfect clusters. To top it all off, a moderately warm, but not too hot, summer season allowed the fruit to reach optimal ripeness and retain great natural acidities.
The 2016s are deﬁnitely a tad darker and denser than the 2015s. I love the 2015s for their beauty, and I love the 2016s for their pleasure. They impress with their balance, walking that razor’s edge of having density and richness while still possessing depth, complexity, and mystery. Yes, I really love how many hidden layers the wines have, and how the layers are slowly revealed as you get to know the wines better throughout an evening. Maybe like a well written book that takes you ever deeper into it’s world, slowly revealing it’s true heart.
Saxum Vineyards G2 Vineyard 2016
"Checking in as a blend of 42% Grenache, 35% Mourvèdre, 20% Tannat, and the balance Zinfandel, the 2016 G2 is one of the standouts in this truly stacked lineup. It sports a vivid ruby/purple color as well as a rocking bouquet of black raspberries, new saddle leather, sweet garrigue, white pepper, and blood orange. Deep, rich, and layered, yet also light on its feet, incredibly complex, and perfectly balanced, it's an incredible wine from this up and coming vineyard that readers should snatch up. It will be even better with 2-4 years of bottle age and cruise in cold cellars for 10-15 years."
99 points, Jeb Dunnuck (Nov. 2018)