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. 78% Syrah, 18% Mourvedre and 4% Petite Sirah. Sublime nose of black and blue fruits, smoke and violets. Full bodied with exquisite acidity. Rich and silky with exceptional balance. Concentration and power in spades. Blackberry, blueberry liqueur, creme de cassis and cocoa on the palate. Tremendous length on the finish. Breathtaking wine from an overlooked vintage. Saxum hit the ball out of the park with the 2011 vintage. Best over the next 2-4 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.
I’ve written about Saxum previously in Winery Mailing Lists: The Fab 5 and The 2020 Zinfandel Chronicles Power Rankings.