Saxum 2014 G2 Vineyard (94+ pts)
A new wine is the 2014 G2 Vineyard, which comes from a site just to the southeast of James Berry. Previously called Gravity Hills vineyard, it was planted in the late 1990s by a Napa estate and is a south-facing slope planted with Mourvèdre at the top and Grenache at the bottom. It was recently purchased by the owner of the Heartstone vineyard and this is Justin's first time working with the fruit. The 2014 will be a rough blend of 55% Mourve]èdre and 45% Grenache (harvested separately) that saw 40% whole clusters and a year in puncheons before moving to foudre. It offers a full-bodied, rich and concentrated style, with lots of tannin as well as caramelized black cherry fruit, lots of dried herbs and flowers and hints of earth. This will be good. (94 - 96+ Points) - Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate
Notes from the Winemaker: Beginning with the 2014 vintage, we brought a new vineyard into the fold. The G2 vineyard is only half a mile from our estate, directly to the South West. Our friend Bill Gibbs (of Heart Stone fame) purchased the property with 40 acres already planted to Grenache, Mourvèdre, Syrah, and Zinfandel. We locked down our favorite blocks, an amazing 5 acre South slope planted to Mourvèdre 369 and Grenache 362, two of my favorite clones. These blocks are extremely rocky and steep, a twin of our Syrah block at Booker Vineyard, with a vertical rise of 200 feet in a single row! Our hunches were right and the fruit off these blocks are mind blowing. Since 2014 we have planted 8 more blocks; 2 North facing Grenache blocks, 2 big south slopes with head trained Monastrell (the Spanish version of Mourvèdre), a North face Syrah block, and some blocks of Carignane and Cinsault. We plan to keep the blend Grenache and Mourvèdre dominant but want to bring in these supporting characters for a little extra complexity. We are super excited about this new planting.