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. 15.7% ABV. 41% Syrah, 19% Grenache, 16% Petite Sirah, 13% Mourvedre, 8% Tempranillo and 3% Roussanne. Sublime nose of red and blue fruits, molten licorice, Whitman Sampler box and violets. Full bodied with perfect acidity and notable balance. Exceptionally plush and rich. Creme de cassis, blueberry liqueur, kirsch and minerals on the palate. The finish is long and seamless. Killer wine that is aging well. I will check in on my last bottle in 2-3 years.
My rating: 97 points.
Current wines from Saxum are available via the mailing list at $132. Saxum raised their prices this past year and I am unclear how that affected the wait time to get on the mailing list.
I’ve written about Saxum previously in Winery Mailing Lists: The Fab 5 and The 2020 Zinfandel Chronicles Power Rankings.