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.
Sourced from the Bone Rock Block of James Berry Vineyard.
Purple in color 15.7% ABV. 57% Syrah, 31% Mourvedre and 12% Grenache. Heady nose of black and blue fruits, charcoal, camphor and violets. Full bodied with exceptional acidity. Remarkable balance. Incredibly plush and silky. Black cherry liqueur, blueberry, charred meats and pepper on the palate. Tremendous length on the finish. Just an awesome GSM blend that has aged beautifully. Drink over the next 2-3 years.
My rating: 96 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.