Bottle Notes, Syrah

2012 Saxum Broken Stones – Bottle Notes

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. 15.6% ABV. 79% Syrah, 7% Petite Sirah, 7% Grenache, 5% Mourvedre and 2% Roussanne. Gorgeous nose of blue fruits, creme de cassis and flowers. Medium to full bodied with with perfect acidity. Well balanced. Big wine but perhaps not as big as I usually expect from Saxum. Blueberries, raspberry liqueur, roasted herbs and minerals on the palate. Exceptional length on the finish. Tremendous wine that seems to be in a really good spot right now. Best over the next several years.

My rating: 94 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.

I’ve written about Saxum previously in Winery Mailing Lists: The Fab 5 and The 2020 Zinfandel Chronicles Power Rankings.

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