Saxum Vineyards is located in the Paso Robles AVA of Central California. Founded in the early 2000’s by Justin Smith, a young winemaker who had previously been part-owner of Linne Calodo, Saxum leapt into the limelight in late 2010 when its 2007 James Berry Vineyards wine was named the #1 Wine of 2010 by Wine Spectator. Smith owns the winery with his wife Heather, and produces up to 2,800 cases of wine a year.
The Heart Stone Vineyard is a small 7 acre vineyard planted on a gentle south slope of limestone and shale.
Blood red in color. 15.3% ABV. 47% Syrah, 39% Grenache and 14% Mourvedre. Savory nose of red and blue fruits, tar, licorice and flowers. Medium to full bodied with tremendous acidity. Supple, elegant and absolutely seamless on the palate. Perfectly balanced. Flavors of raspberry liqueur, cherry compote, blueberries and baking spices. Exceptional length on the finish. Absolutely stunning. Best over the next 2-3 years.
My rating: 97 points.
Current wines from Saxum are available via the mailing list at $98 per bottle. There is a several year wait before you can expect to receive an offer.