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.
Violet in color. 15.3% ABV. 65% Syrah, 21% Grenache and 14% Mourvedre. Showstopping nose of black fruits, bacon fat, graphite and flowers. Medium body with perfect acidity. Exceptionally well balanced. Rich and plush with tremendous mouth feel. Blackberries, grilled meats and cassis liqueur on the palate. The finish is incredibly long. Just a stunning wine. Drink over the next 2-4 years.
My rating: 98 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.
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