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 Broken Stones is a multi-vineyard blend, utilizing all the vineyards that Saxum sources from.
Purple in color. 15.3% ABV. 63% Syrah, 19% Mourvedre, 15% Grenache and 3% Petite Sirah. Spellbinding nose of blue and black fruits, molten licorice, menthol and lavender. Full bodied with mouth watering acidity. Impeccable balance. Incredibly plush and concentrated with layers upon layers of gorgeous fruit. Blueberry, black raspberry, charred meats and pepper on the palate. The finish is long and supple. Just a killer wine that is aging brilliantly. Best over the next 1-2 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.