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2007 Saxum - Heart Stone Vineyard Rhone Blend - USA - California - San Luis Obispo - Paso Robles - Red

USA - California - San Luis Obispo - Paso Robles

Red Rhone Blend
Producer Notes

Saxum Vineyards is focused on producing Syrah, Grenache, and Mourvedre-based blends from the Templeton Gap of Paso Robles, California. They let their rocky calcareous soils, steep hillsides, and cooling ocean breezes speak through their wines by keeping yields extremely low, picking fruit at the peak of ripeness, and using a minimalist approach in the cellar. Production is kept at a total of... More »

Score
95
IWC 93(+?)
WA 98
WS 97
Drink Dates
WA: 2010-2020 WS: 2010-2022
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IWC 93(+?)
Source International Wine Cellar
Issue Issue 153

($75; 65% syrah, 21% grenache and 14% mourvedre) Opaque purple. Explosive aromas of black raspberry, cherry pit, pomegranate molasses and Asian spices. Densely packed red and dark fruit flavors show intense spiciness and unfurl slowly to offer sexy floral character. Dense but with unlikely energy and finesse; this is just hinting at its potential.

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WA 98
Source Wine Advocate
Issue 190
Drink Dates 2010-2020

The late-released 2007 Heart Stone, which spent 28 months in a combination of barrels, demi-muids, and pungeons, turned out to be a final blend of 65% Syrah, 21% Grenache, and 14% Mourvedre. Like all of Justin Smith's 2007s, it is a riveting, sensational wine that carries its heavy weight, profound richness, and intensity very gracefully. That is no doubt an effect of the limestone soils of this region. Blackberry and smoked meats as well as some garrigue and floral notes are followed by a dense, rich, pure, multi-layered wine that just screams for grilled poultry or meats! Bottled unfined and unfiltered (and as I recall, 25-35% stems/whole clusters were used during fermentation), this is a fabulous wine that combines power and elegance. It should drink well for at least a decade or more.

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WS 97
Source Wine Spectator
Drink Dates 2010-2022

There's amazing harmony and range of flavor in this red, which offers richness, elegance and finesse, with layers of blackberry, wild berry, plum and cherry fruit that's full-bodied, smooth-textured and layered, opening doors of flavor on an amazingly long, intricate finish. Syrah, Grenache and Mourvèdre.

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Author Tbone200
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 99.048%
Tasted On 12/22/2012

Spectacular. Integrated, rich but silkly smooth with a good backbone and acidity. No sense of the 15% plus alcohol level. Lovely wine.

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Author Johnnymd
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 95.304%
Tasted On 11/25/2012
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Author Patrick
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 95.809%
Tasted On 11/19/2011
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