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 Heart Stone Vineyard is a small 7 acre vineyard planted on a gentle south slope of limestone and shale.
Crimson in color with a touch of bricking at the edge of the glass. 14.8% ABV. 58% Syrah, 35% Grenache and 5% Mourvedre. Savory nose of black fruits, smoke, grilled meats and flowers. Full bodied with strong acidity. Well balanced with concentrated fruits. Black cherry liqueur, barbecued meats, kirsch and pepper on the palate. The finish is exceptionally long and plush. Awesome wine from what is generally considered a mediocre vintage. Best over the next 2-4 years.
My rating: 95 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.