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New Cellar Additions from Two Powerhouses of CA Winemaking: SQN and Saxum - 12/31/2017 - Syrah (domestic)

Of the more thrilling additions to K&L’s inventory this month has been the bevy of collectible bottlings from Sine Qua Non and Saxum. Easily among the most sought-after producers in world today, this pair have built their reputations by crafting wines of unbridled power and intensity. Make no mistake, these wines aren’t all flash and no substance, on the contrary they are deeply complex, layered, and impeccably composed efforts that are more than deserving of their elite status. The collection assembled here is impressive for its range and depth. Included are multiple 100 point offerings and rarely available unique cuvees. As you might expect, quantities are very limited, so quick action is a necessity to secure the bottles you want. Rarely, if ever, will you see a collection of this magnitude from Sine Qua Non and Saxum.

Vintage Item Name Score Qty Retail Link
2001 Sine Qua Non "No. 6" Yamhill County Pinot Noir 91 1 $299.99 View
2005 Sine Qua Non "The Naked Truth" Sta. Rita Hills Grenache 97 4 $599.99 View
2006 Sine Qua Non "Raven Series" California Grenache 98 2 $329.99 View
2007 Sine Qua Non "Dangerous Birds" Grenache 100 1 $699.99 View
2007 Sine Qua Non "Dangerous Birds" Syrah 100 1 $699.99 View
2008 Sine Qua Non "The Line" California Grenache 98 1 $299.99 View
2009 Sine Qua Non "Upside Down" Grenache 96 1 $299.99 View
2010 Next of Kyn (Sine Qua Non) "Cumulus Vineyard No. 4" Central Coast Red Blend (missing capsule/exposed cork) 98 1 $349.99 View
2011 Next of Kyn (Sine Qua Non) "Cumulus Vineyard No. 5" Central Coast Red Blend 97 3 $359.99 View
2011 Next of Kyn (Sine Qua Non) "Cumulus Vineyard No. 5" Central Coast Red Blend (1.5L) 97 2 $699.99 View
2011 Sine Qua Non "Patine - Eleven Confessions Vineyard" Sta. Rita Hills Grenache 97 4 $339.99 View
2012 Next of Kyn (Sine Qua Non) "Cumulus Vineyard No. 6" Central Coast Red Blend (1.5L) 99 2 $799.99 View
2013 Next of Kyn (Sine Qua Non) "Cumulus Vineyard No. 7" Central Coast Red Blend 99 5 $374.99 View
2013 Next of Kyn (Sine Qua Non) "Cumulus Vineyard No. 7" Central Coast Red Blend (1.5L) 99 4 $759.99 View
2006 Saxum "Heart Stone Vineyard" Paso Robles Rhône Blend 93 3 $99.99 View
2007 Saxum "Bone Rock - James Berry Vineyard" Paso Robles Syrah 99 4 $249.99 View
2007 Saxum "Booker Vineyard" Paso Robles Syrah 99 2 $219.99 View
2007 Saxum "Broken Stones" Paso Robles Rhône Blend (bin soiled label) 96 5 $159.99 View
2007 Saxum "Heart Stone Vineyard" Paso Robles Rhône Blend (soiled label) 98 1 $184.99 View
2007 Saxum "James Berry Vineyard" Paso Robles Rhône Blend (1.5L) 100 1 $749.99 View
2007 Saxum "James Berry Vineyard" Paso Robles Rhône Blend (soiled label) 100 1 $399.99 View
2008 Saxum "Bone Rock - James Berry Vineyard" Paso Robles Syrah 98 1 $174.99 View
2008 Saxum "Booker Vineyard" Paso Robles Rhône Blend 98 2 $189.99 View
2008 Saxum "Broken Stones" Paso Robles Rhône Blend 96 3 $129.99 View
2009 Saxum "Booker Vineyard" Paso Robles Proprietary Red(stained label) 96 2 $134.99 View
2009 Saxum "Broken Stones" Paso Robles Rhône Blend 96 1 $119.99 View
2009 Saxum "Paderewski Vineyard" Paso Robles Red Blend 97 0 $149.99 View
2010 Saxum "Booker Vineyard" Paso Robles Rhône Blend (1.5L) 98 1 $249.99 View
2010 Saxum "Broken Stones" Paso Robles Rhône Blend 96 2 $109.99 View
2010 Saxum "James Berry Vineyard" Paso Robles Rhône Blend 97 7 $139.99 View
2010 Saxum "James Berry Vineyard" Paso Robles Rhône Blend (1.5L) 97 1 $299.99 View
2010 Saxum "Paderewski Vineyard" Paso Robles Red Blend 95 0 $109.99 View
2010 Saxum "Terry Hoage Vineyard" Paso Robles Rhône Blend 95 2 $109.99 View
2011 Saxum "Booker Vineyard" Paso Robles Rhône Blend (Previously 140) 96 3 $109.99 View
2011 Saxum "Broken Stones" Paso Robles Rhône Blend (Previously 130) 96 5 $104.99 View
2011 Saxum "James Berry Vineyard" Paso Robles Rhône Blend 96 2 $109.99 View
2011 Saxum "James Berry Vineyard" Paso Robles Rhône Blend (1.5L) 96 1 $229.99 View
2011 Saxum "Paderewski Vineyard" Paso Robles Red Blend 97 0 $119.99 View
2012 Saxum "Bone Rock - James Berry Vineyard" Paso Robles Syrah (1.5L) 99 1 $324.99 View
2012 Saxum "Booker Vineyard" Paso Robles Rhône Blend (1.5L) 98 1 $249.99 View
2012 Saxum "Heart Stone Vineyard" Paso Robles Rhône Blend 96 2 $104.99 View
2012 Saxum "Paderewski Vineyard" Paso Robles Red Blend 96 0 $119.99 View
2012 Saxum "Paderewski Vineyard" Paso Robles Red Blend (1.5L) 96 1 $209.99 View
2012 Saxum "Terry Hoage" Paso Robles Rhône Blend 97 3 $124.99 View
2013 Saxum "Paderewski Vineyard" Paso Robles Red Blend 97 1 $129.90 View


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2001 Sine Qua Non "No. 6" Yamhill County Pinot Noir - 1 available ($299.99)

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Good red-ruby. Complex nose combines red cherry, raspberry, woodsmoke and cinnamon. Sweet, silky and dense, with enticing flavors of strawberry and exotic spices. Remarkably large-scaled and generous for the year, and long and ripe on the back end, with suave, fine tannins. Oaky, but the wood element is successfully integrated. This reminded me of a Dujac Burgundy. (ST)" (03/2004)

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2005 Sine Qua Non "The Naked Truth" Sta. Rita Hills Grenache - 4 available ($599.99)

97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A blend of 90% Grenache and 10% Syrah (any Mourvedre added to the Grenache is now a thing of the past), this wine, made totally from the 11 Confessions Vineyard in the Santa Rita Hills, is young, yet like all the SQN wines, approachable in its glorious display of fruit, purity and freshness. Dense purple, and offering up notes of cranberries, pepper, boysenberries, raspberries and cherries, a cornucopia of red and black fruits emerge from the aromatics, gently dosed with some spicy oak and Provencal herbs. Full-bodied, gutsy and fleshy, with loads of glycerin, a heady mouthfeel and a long finish, this wine has beautiful freshness and delineation, and should continue to drink well for 10-12+ more years. (RP)" (08/2011)

97 points Wine Spectator: "Offers an amazing purity of dark berry fruit, stylish and multifaceted, gushing with tiers of blackberry, wild berry and huckleberry, joined by spicy, grapey floral scents, with mineral, anise and fresh earth delivered on a beam. Yet for all its richness and depth of flavor, this is elegant. *Collectibles* (JL)" (02/2010)

96 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Dark purple color. Powerful scents of blueberry, blackcurrant, cracked pepper and fruitcake, with a suave undertone of violet and smoky minerals. Very spicy in the mouth, displaying concentrated, mineral-driven dark fruit preserve flavors and a velvety texture. The peppery note returns on the finish, which is tightly focused and extremely persistent, featuring an exotic note of blood orange. This superb wine is very primary today and would benefit from decanting or a few more years of cellaring. (JR)" (12/2009)

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2006 Sine Qua Non "Raven Series" California Grenache - 2 available ($329.99)

98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "This blend of 90% Grenache and 10% Syrah, largely from the 11 Confessions Vineyard, with a small amount from Bien Nacido, spent 21 months in barrel. It is really strutting its stuff now, and showing even better than my original note predicted in August of 2009. The wine has loads of meat, licorice, smoke, charcoal and graphite, as well as huge peppery, blackberry and black cherry notes. Full-bodied, with great acidity, nicely integrated tannin, an admirable mouthfeel and tremendous length, this killer Grenache is still young and probably 3-5 years away from prime time drinking. (RP)" (08/2011)

97 points Wine Spectator: "Deliciously complex, bold, rich and layered, with dark berry, plum, mocha and spice. Full-bodied and mouth-coating, this is dense without being heavy. Ends with a long, persistent finish. *Collectibles* (JL)" (07/2009)

95 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Opaque violet. Complex bouquet of cassis, blueberry and pipe tobacco, complicated by smoky Indian spices and dried rose. Expansive and open-knit, offering sweet dark berry preserve flavors and complementary notes of candied flowers and fruitcake. The smoky element gains strength on the finish, which is long, energetic and refreshingly mineral-driven. This is remarkably lithe for such power; I underestimated its potential last year. Includes 94% estate fruit, vinified with 25% whole clusters. (JR)" (12/2009)

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2007 Sine Qua Non "Dangerous Birds" Grenache - 1 available ($699.99)

100 points James Suckling: "Full and beautiful with sliced plums and berries. Super velvety tannins. Soft too. Tight and in reserve. Phenomenal depth of fruit. This is so deep. I love it. Just a baby. A wine you really have to get to know. You have to feel it. Reminds me of the 1989 Rayas. The evolution will be amazing for decades to come." (10/2011)

99 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "2007 Grenache Dangerous Birds: This wine, which is scheduled to be released in several months, is 88% Grenache, 10% Syrah and 2% Viognier (36% whole clusters utilized), all from the 11 Confessions Vineyard. A whopper at 15.6% alcohol, this is the extended barrel-aged Grenache, spending 32 months in a combination of small oak casks as well as larger demi-muids. Absolutely magnificent, with incredible uplifted aromatics and great raspberry and black cherry fruit intermixed with blackberry, camphor, licorice and lavender, this wine is full-bodied, with super purity and a huge, massive mouthfeel as well as stunning texture and length. How Krankl was able to combine almost unbridled power with such extraordinary purity, definition and elegance is mind-boggling. This wine should drink well for at least 15+ years. (RP)" (08/2011)

97 points Vinous: "The 2007 Grenache Dangerous Birds, from the Eleven Confessions Vineyard, is a big, huge wine loaded with dark cherries, plums, licorice and smoke, all of which come together in a sensual, captivating wine of the highest level. This shows gorgeous inner perfume and fabulous overall balance. The silkiest of tannins frame the long finish. If forced to choose, I have a slight preference for the 2008 among the Estate Grenaches, but both wines are beautiful. Dangerous Birds is 88% Grenache, 10% Syrah and 2% Viognier. A portion of the Grenache (36% of the total blend) was fermented with whole clusters. The wine spent 34 months in oak and was bottled in August 2010. (AG)" (08/2011)

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2007 Sine Qua Non "Dangerous Birds" Syrah - 1 available ($699.99)

100 points James Suckling: "Aromas of fresh leather and blueberries with hints of licorice. Full-bodied, with firm tannins and a long finish. Intense black pepper and spice. Great finish on this. Amazing complexity. Like 1978 or 1961 La Chapelle. Amazing. This will improve for decades." (10/2011)

98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "About as good as it gets across the board, these singular, incredible wines are the result of an obsessive attention to detail at all stages of the wine making process. There is no secret or hidden magic going on here. The incredibly talented and down-to-earth Manfred Krankl simply walks the walk as opposed to only talking about attention to detail or offering up the standard, wine is made in the vineyard comments. Looking at the vintages focused on here, 2009 has produced a decadent, voluptuous style that offers up thrilling levels of fruit as well as an approachable, heady richness that-s hard to resist. While they possess ample depth and structure, I would drink these before either the 2010s or 2011s. The 2010s here are stunning and have everything; gorgeous fruit, awesome concentration and incredible purity. While the most age-worthy of the recent vintages, they're a spectacular drink even today. The 2011s, which were all tasted out of barrel, have additional freshness and focus over the 2010s. They have solid concentration and overall balanced profiles that should allow them to cruise in the cellar. (JD)" (08/2013)

98 points Vinous: "The 2007 Syrah Dangerous Birds, from Eleven Confessions, includes 4.5% Grenache and 2.5% Viognier, all fully destemmed. It is a seamless, show stopper of the highest level. The fruit is decidedly opulent in the 2007, while the high percentage of new oak barrels (84%) contributes to the wine's shape and volume. An impeccable, eternal finish rounds things out in style. (AG)" (08/2011)

97 points Jeb Dunnuck: "A knockout Syrah that contains 4% Grenache and 2% Viognier in the blend, the 2007 Sine Qua Non Syrah Dangerous Birds is exceedingly dense and rich, with full-throttle aromas of blackberry liqueur, plum, licorice, and mineral aromas and flavors flowing to a full-bodied, voluptuous, and creamily texture wine. Surprisingly tight, this slowly unwinds in the glass, and despite the extended barrel aging, shows incredible purity of fruit, no hint of oak, and a light, elegant texture. This has a long life ahead of it, but given the texture and richness, its certainly sublime now as well. If drinking anytime soon, it needs a multi-hour stint in a decanter." (06/2012)

95 points Wine Spectator: "Starts out sleek and elegant, with a subtle mix of charcoal, smoke, dried berry, mocha, coconut and pomegranate flavors that are at times explosive yet restrained, leading to a long, rather amazing finish. (JL)" (03/2012)

95 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Dark purple. Powerful blackberry and cassis fruit aromas are complicated by licorice, woodsmoke and exotic Asian spices. Juicy, concentrated and sharply focused, with impressive intensity to its pure dark berry and spice flavors. This very youthful, densely packed wine manages to be both broad and light on its feet, with outstanding clarity and appealing spiciness. Finishes with lovely lingering florality and mineral-driven persistence. (JR)" (11/2010)

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2008 Sine Qua Non "The Line" California Grenache - 1 available ($299.99)

98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "This wine was just released in April of this year, and is a blend of 87.5% Grenache, 11% Syrah, and 1.5% Viognier, with 21% whole clusters used in the Grenache component. Seventy-eight percent of it came from the 11 Confessions Vineyard and the balance from Bien Nacido and the White Hawk. It is no measly wine at 15.5% alcohol, but it displays extraordinary berry fruit and kirsch notes intermixed with lavender and other floral components. Intense, full-bodied, voluptuously textured, and stunningly pure, with no real noticeable oak (21% new French oak was used, most of it the larger demi-muids), this beauty has put on weight and is showing additional complexity since I first tasted it. (RP)" (08/2011)

97 points Vinous: "The 2008 Grenache The Line explodes onto the palate with a rush of dark fruit, licorice and leather. It is a plush, muscular wine endowed with endless layers of flavor that build towards the multi-dimensional, eternal finish. I especially like the way the wine gains freshness and vibrancy as it sits in the glass. This is a striking, breathtaking wine from Sine Qua Non. The 2008 is a bigger, more powerful wine than its 2009 equivalent. In 2008 the blend is 87.5% Grenache, 11% Syrah and 1.5% Viognier. Roughly 21% of the wine (Grenache only) was fermented with whole clusters. The vineyard sources are 68% Eleven Confessions, 20% Cumulus, 9% Bien Nacido and 3% White Hawk. (AG) 97+" (08/2011)

95 points Wine Spectator: "Smooth, rich, complex and layered, offering juicy, racy red currant, raspberry and boysenberry notes, with shades of pepper and spice. Full-bodied, deep and focused, ending with a long, pure, elegant, engaging finish that keeps the fruit front and center. *Collectibles* (JL)" (07/2011)

95 points James Suckling: "Wonderful aromas of crushed blackberries and blueberries with hints of flowers and minerals. Love the fruit aromas. Full-bodied, with soft and silky tannins and a long finish. Lovely balance of ripe fruit, minerals and flower. So delicious. Long finish. Wonderful wine. Drink now or hold." (10/2011)

94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Opaque ruby. An intensely perfumed bouquet displays aromas of black raspberry, Asian spices, rose oil and lavender, with a bright suggestion of white pepper. Juicy and penetrating red and dark fruit flavors reach every corner of the palate and show very impressive depth and clarity. Rich but energetic on the finish, which repeats the sweet berry and floral notes. Wild stuff and surprisingly approachable already. (JR)" (12/2010)

Jancis Robinson: "Deep ruby. Fragrant, almost floral. Similar to the Turn the Whole Thing Upside Down 2009 but with lovely notes of orange as well as the red fruit; and smells a bit richer. Lots of spice. Quite firm tannins but juicy on the finish. Ripe plums and more leathery with time in the glass. (JH)" (10/2012)

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2009 Sine Qua Non "Upside Down" Grenache - 1 available ($299.99)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2009 Grenache Upside Down emerges from the glass with layers of dark red fruit as it sweeps across the palate. There is an inner sweetness and sheer depth that make the 2009 compelling. The 11% Syrah and 5% Mourvedre make themselves heard clearly in adding layers of depth and pure richness. Tar, anise and graphite meld together on the rich, dramatic finish. This is a striking wine endowed with tons of pure textural dimension. The 2009 was sourced from Eleven Confessions (72%), Cumulus (22%) and Bien Nacido (6%) vineyards. (AG)" (04/2012)

95 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright purple. Highly complex aromas of black raspberry, cherry pit, licorice and black pepper, complemented by more exotic hints of apricot and white flowers. Suave and juicy on entry, then alluringly sweet and vibrant in the mid-palate, with vivid red and dark fruit compote, lavender and Indian spice flavors. Finishes very long, with terrific energy and clinging spiciness. (JR)" (11/2011)

Jancis Robinson: "Deep garnet. Sweeter, brighter and more red fruited than the Thrill Syrah but still a very very slight savoury edge. Intensely fragrant with sweet black and red cherries. Finest of tannins and relatively structured and upright. Surprising finesse given the alcohol. And some freshness. When the glass is nearly empty, there's a scent of ginger. (JH)" (10/2012)

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2010 Next of Kyn (Sine Qua Non) "Cumulus Vineyard No. 4" Central Coast Red Blend (missing capsule/exposed cork) - 1 available ($349.99)

98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2010 Cumulus Vineyard #4 is an off-the-hook effort that showed even better than last year. Made from 44% Syrah, 32% Grenache, 12% Petite Sirah, 8% Mourvedre and 4% Touriga Nacional, its mostly destemmed (24% whole cluster) and aged 30 months in 30% new French oak. It boasts incredible aromatics of cassis, blackberry, white chocolate, flowers and spice-box to go with a full-bodied, incredibly pure, seamless and textured feel on the palate. Still a baby, this puppy has a long life ahead of it; give it another year or so and enjoy bottles through 2030. These latest releases from Sine Qua Non and Next of Kyn are at the pinnacle of wine, and its simply impossible to taste through these and not be blown away. (JD)" (08/2014)

95 points Vinous: "With the 2010 Next of Kyn - No. 4 we shift into more recent vintages, none of which is truly ready to drink. Powerful, tightly wound and unyielding, the 2010 needs at least a few years in bottle before it is ready to show even the faintest glimpse of its true potential. Tasted on the second and third days after opening, the 2010 gradually started to show some of its true character, but readers should not plan on opening a bottle anytime soon. This retrospective tasting provided a great opportunity to revisit the first seven releases of Manfred and Elaine Krankls Next of Kyn. As compelling as the Krankls Sine Qua Non wines are, I have always found Next of Kyn to be just as fascinating, especially in recent years. This vertical only served to reinforce that impression. 95+ points. (AG)" (08/2017)

94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Opaque purple. Cassis, ripe cherry, dark chocolate and a hint of black pepper on the explosively perfumed nose. Sweet, concentrated and creamy but almost shockingly lively on the palate, offering palate-coating black and blue fruit flavors and a sexy floral pastille nuance. Closes on an emphatic violet note, with superb persistence and supple tannins lending shape. (JR)" (11/2013)

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2011 Next of Kyn (Sine Qua Non) "Cumulus Vineyard No. 5" Central Coast Red Blend - 3 available ($359.99)

97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "While I reviewed the 2011 Cumulus Vineyard #5 last year, I was thrilled to be able to retaste it this go around. Showing consistently, with tons of savory, meaty characteristics in its currants, cassis, ground herbs and wood smoke-like aromas and flavors, this is a full-bodied, gorgeously concentrated 2011 that shows the freshness and purity of the vintage, yet backs it up with plenty of texture and length. Give it a few years and enjoy bottles through 2032. (JD)" (08/2015)

95 points Vinous: "The 2011 Next of Kyn - No. 5, from one of the most maligned California vintages in recent memory, is quite attractive, if a bit compact. Although very much light to medium in body next to the other wines in this tasting, the 2011 is full of perfume, freshness and bright fruit. If anything, the 2011 still needs time to develop the full breadth of its aromatic complexity. In this tasting, the 2011 is more reticent than it has been in the past. 42% Syrah, 32% Grenache, 16% Mourvèdre, 7% Petite Sirah, 3% Touriga Nacional. This retrospective tasting provided a great opportunity to revisit the first seven releases of Manfred and Elaine Krankls Next of Kyn. As compelling as the Krankls Sine Qua Non wines are, I have always found Next of Kyn to be just as fascinating, especially in recent years. This vertical only served to reinforce that impression. (AG)" (08/2017)

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2011 Next of Kyn (Sine Qua Non) "Cumulus Vineyard No. 5" Central Coast Red Blend (1.5L) - 2 available ($699.99)

97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "While I reviewed the 2011 Cumulus Vineyard #5 last year, I was thrilled to be able to retaste it this go around. Showing consistently, with tons of savory, meaty characteristics in its currants, cassis, ground herbs and wood smoke-like aromas and flavors, this is a full-bodied, gorgeously concentrated 2011 that shows the freshness and purity of the vintage, yet backs it up with plenty of texture and length. Give it a few years and enjoy bottles through 2032. (JD)" (08/2015)

95 points Vinous: "The 2011 Next of Kyn - No. 5, from one of the most maligned California vintages in recent memory, is quite attractive, if a bit compact. Although very much light to medium in body next to the other wines in this tasting, the 2011 is full of perfume, freshness and bright fruit. If anything, the 2011 still needs time to develop the full breadth of its aromatic complexity. In this tasting, the 2011 is more reticent than it has been in the past. 42% Syrah, 32% Grenache, 16% Mourvèdre, 7% Petite Sirah, 3% Touriga Nacional. This retrospective tasting provided a great opportunity to revisit the first seven releases of Manfred and Elaine Krankls Next of Kyn. As compelling as the Krankls Sine Qua Non wines are, I have always found Next of Kyn to be just as fascinating, especially in recent years. This vertical only served to reinforce that impression. (AG)" (08/2017)

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2011 Sine Qua Non "Patine - Eleven Confessions Vineyard" Sta. Rita Hills Grenache - 4 available ($339.99)

97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Coming all from Manfred's Eleven Confessions Vineyard in the Sta. Rita Hills and a blend of 77% Grenache, 22% Syrah and 1% Viognier (fermented with 25% whole clusters), the 2011 Grenache Patine spent a full 33 months in almost all neutral oak, with just 11% being new. It offers perfumed and spice-laced notes of white pepper, black raspberry, blackberry and ground herbs that flow to a full-bodied, elegant, nicely concentrated 2011 that has nicely integrated acidity, no hard edges and a terrific finish. It's certainly one of the fresher, more elegant Grenaches from Manfred, yet it still has rocking levels of fruit. Give it 2-3 years of cellaring and enjoy bottles over the following decade. (JD)" (08/2015)

97 points Vinous: "The 2011 Grenache Patine has turned out beautifully. Dark red cherry, plum, mocha, spice and leather meld together in the glass as this savory, beautifully layered wine opens up. Herb, graphite, smoke, sage and tobacco add shades of nuance in a delineated Grenache that captures the best of this cool, late-ripening year. Patine is 77% Grenache, 22% Syrah and 1% Viognier, all from Eleven Confessions, done with 25% whole clusters and aged for 33 months in French oak barrels, 11% new. (AG)" (08/2015)

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2012 Next of Kyn (Sine Qua Non) "Cumulus Vineyard No. 6" Central Coast Red Blend (1.5L) - 2 available ($799.99)

99 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A wine that flirts with perfection, the 2012 Cumulus Vineyard #6 is an interesting blend of 38% Syrah, 37% Grenache, 17.4% Petite Sirah and the rest Mourvedre that saw 33 months in 54% new French oak. Theres a tiny 191 cases made, and its one of the most singular, exotic wines Ive tasted. Spice, cedar, chocolate, exotic flowers and an assortment of dark fruits all emerge from this full-bodied, layered blend that hits the palate with serious richness and depth. Yet, like all truly great wines, its light, ethereal and never, ever heavy. Theres big structure here as well, so forget bottles for 3-4 years and enjoy over the following 15+ years. (JD)" (08/2016)

98 points Vinous: "One of the highlights in this tasting, the 2012 Next of Kyn - No. 6 belongs to a group of vintages including 2007 and 2009 that are all about suppleness and raciness. Bright, perfumed and nicely lifted, the 2012 is also quite delicate. Grenache plays an important role in the blend, and that comes through in the wines silky, punchy fruit. Further time in bottle will allow the aromatics to develop more fully, but the 2012 is absolutely delicious today. Moreover, its sense of poise is truly exceptional. This retrospective tasting provided a great opportunity to revisit the first seven releases of Manfred and Elaine Krankls Next of Kyn. As compelling as the Krankls Sine Qua Non wines are, I have always found Next of Kyn to be just as fascinating, especially in recent years. This vertical only served to reinforce that impression. (AG)" (08/2017)

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2013 Next of Kyn (Sine Qua Non) "Cumulus Vineyard No. 7" Central Coast Red Blend - 5 available ($374.99)

99 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The 2013 Cumulus Vineyard #7 (45% Syrah, 29% Grenache, 15% Petite Sirah and the balance Mourvèdre, Touriga Nacional and Roussanne) is a killer wine that delivers the that rare mix of hedonistic and intellectual pleasure thats almost impossible to find outside of this address. Notes of cassis, violet, iris, toasted spices and caramelized cherries all emerge from the glass. Full-bodied, unctuous and decadent, yet seamless and silky, with no weight, it has ultra-fine tannin and a finish that wont quit. This is a tour de force in wine that deserve 3-4 years of bottle age and will keep for another decade or more. I loved the 2013s from Manfred Krankl, and these are reminiscent of the 2010s (as are the 2015s)." (08/2017)

99 points Vinous: "The 2013 Next of Kyn - No. 7 Cumulus Vineyard is a real stunner. Rich, explosive and overwhelmingly beautiful, it takes hold of all the senses and never lets go. Even with all of its power and richness, the 2013 retains striking aromatic lift and energy. I would give it another few years to settle down, but it is superb today. This is an extraordinary wine by any measure. Don't miss it. In 2013, the blend is 45% Syrah, 29% Grenache, 15% Petite Sirah, 5% Mourvèdre, 4.5% Touriga Nacional and 1.5% Roussanne, done with 58% whole clusters and aged for 30 months in French oak. (AG)" (09/2017)

97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2013 Cumulus Vineyard #7 is blended of 45% Syrah, 29% Grenache, 15% Petite Sirah, 5% Mourvèdre, 4.5% Touriga Nacional and 1.5% Rossanne, using 58% whole clusters. It sports a deep garnet-purple color with a sexy spiced plums, black cherry coulis and blackberry tart-laced nose accented by hints of tea, dried Provence herbs, mocha, spice box and eucalypt. The bold, powerful, outspoken palate delivers concentrated black fruits and savory layers framed by firm yet fine-grained, velvety tannins and bags of freshness, finishing with lingering baking spice and mineral notions. Full and fresh with plenty of spices and wonderful length. Owned and operated by Manfred and Elaine Krankl, Next of Kyn is the entirely separate operation from Sine Qua Non, coming from their 'home' Cumulus Vineyard in Ventura. The Krankls commented that the composition of the 7th (2013) and 8th (2014) releases are coming much closer to the original vision for this vineyard and subsequently the wines. It is quite a singular experience to visit here--there really arent many other vineyards in the vicinity--the impressive results being a true testament to the vision and dedication of this dynamic duo. (LPB) 97+" (09/2017)

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2013 Next of Kyn (Sine Qua Non) "Cumulus Vineyard No. 7" Central Coast Red Blend (1.5L) - 4 available ($759.99)

99 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The 2013 Cumulus Vineyard #7 (45% Syrah, 29% Grenache, 15% Petite Sirah and the balance Mourvèdre, Touriga Nacional and Roussanne) is a killer wine that delivers the that rare mix of hedonistic and intellectual pleasure thats almost impossible to find outside of this address. Notes of cassis, violet, iris, toasted spices and caramelized cherries all emerge from the glass. Full-bodied, unctuous and decadent, yet seamless and silky, with no weight, it has ultra-fine tannin and a finish that wont quit. This is a tour de force in wine that deserve 3-4 years of bottle age and will keep for another decade or more. I loved the 2013s from Manfred Krankl, and these are reminiscent of the 2010s (as are the 2015s)." (08/2017)

99 points Vinous: "The 2013 Next of Kyn - No. 7 Cumulus Vineyard is a real stunner. Rich, explosive and overwhelmingly beautiful, it takes hold of all the senses and never lets go. Even with all of its power and richness, the 2013 retains striking aromatic lift and energy. I would give it another few years to settle down, but it is superb today. This is an extraordinary wine by any measure. Don't miss it. In 2013, the blend is 45% Syrah, 29% Grenache, 15% Petite Sirah, 5% Mourvèdre, 4.5% Touriga Nacional and 1.5% Roussanne, done with 58% whole clusters and aged for 30 months in French oak. (AG)" (09/2017)

97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2013 Cumulus Vineyard #7 is blended of 45% Syrah, 29% Grenache, 15% Petite Sirah, 5% Mourvèdre, 4.5% Touriga Nacional and 1.5% Rossanne, using 58% whole clusters. It sports a deep garnet-purple color with a sexy spiced plums, black cherry coulis and blackberry tart-laced nose accented by hints of tea, dried Provence herbs, mocha, spice box and eucalypt. The bold, powerful, outspoken palate delivers concentrated black fruits and savory layers framed by firm yet fine-grained, velvety tannins and bags of freshness, finishing with lingering baking spice and mineral notions. Full and fresh with plenty of spices and wonderful length. Owned and operated by Manfred and Elaine Krankl, Next of Kyn is the entirely separate operation from Sine Qua Non, coming from their 'home' Cumulus Vineyard in Ventura. The Krankls commented that the composition of the 7th (2013) and 8th (2014) releases are coming much closer to the original vision for this vineyard and subsequently the wines. It is quite a singular experience to visit here--there really arent many other vineyards in the vicinity--the impressive results being a true testament to the vision and dedication of this dynamic duo. (LPB) 97+" (09/2017)

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2006 Saxum "Heart Stone Vineyard" Paso Robles Rhône Blend - 3 available ($99.99)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A blend of 38% Syrah, 36% Grenache, and 26% Mourvedre, the 2006 Heart Stone Vineyard offers up scents of flowers, lavender, black cherries, raspberries, blackberries, underbrush, and forest floor. Justin Smith uses a lot of whole clusters in his fermentation, which seems to give his wines structure as well as nuance. This is the most French-like of Saxums 2006s, and it comes across like a restrained, northern Rhone-like effort that is only hinting at its ultimate potential. It will benefit from 1-3 years of cellaring, and should evolve for 10-15 years. (RP)" (08/2009)

93 points Wine Spectator: "Intense and powerful, with ripe, focused plum, blackberry and wild berry fruit that's shaded by pepper and nutmeg flavors. Full-bodied, dense and chewy, with pleasantly earthy tannins. Syrah, Grenache and Mourvèdre. (JL)" (03/2009)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright red. Sexy, strongly floral aromas of strawberry, black raspberry and candied flowers, with a suave Christmas spice quality. Sappy and sweet, with vivid red fruit and floral pastille flavors and a seductive overlay of cinnamon and mace. Bright minerals add lift and cut to the sappy finish. This was fermented with about 35% whole clusters. (JR)" (12/2008)

92 points Wine Enthusiast: "Fabulous aromatics on this blend of Syrah, Grenache and Mourvèdre. About one-third inclusion of the stems during fermentation gives it a spiciness, and also some grippy tannins. Underneath are bright red and black stone fruits and berries. Very exotic and compelling." (10/2009)

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2007 Saxum "Bone Rock - James Berry Vineyard" Paso Robles Syrah - 4 available ($249.99)

99 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2007 Bone Rock, which comes from the James Berry Vineyard (82% Syrah, 13% Mourvedre, and the rest Grenache, also aged 28 months in a combination of smaller barrels, demi-muids, and pungeons), is super as well. Like its late-released sibling, it has an inky/purple color to the rim and an extraordinary, soaring set of aromatics consisting of spring flowers, pepper, graphite, blackberry and blueberry fruit with hints of raspberry and licorice and jus de viande as well. The extraordinary freshness and elegance of this wine leads to a minerality that even eclipses the Heart Stone. The finish goes on for a good 45+ seconds, and the purity is awesome. This extraordinary wine completes the 2007 portfolio of unbelievable efforts from the Smiths. (RP)" (08/2010)

98 points Wine Spectator: "At points ultrarich, opulent and elegant, providing a broad range of dark berry, loamy earth, spice and cedar flavors, with touches of black licorice, sage and tobacco. Powerful yet restrained, gaining weight, depth and traction on the finish, where this ends with a peppery minerality that's fascinating. (JL)" (02/2011)

96 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Inky purple. A sexy, intensely perfumed bouquet of blackberry, boysenberry, Moroccan spices and violet, with a seductive incense quality that gains strength with air. Lush and creamy on the palate, offering deep black and blue fruit flavors and exotic floral character. Reaches every corner of the palate and finishes with outstanding clarity and powerful floral nuances. (JR)" (11/2010)

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2007 Saxum "Booker Vineyard" Paso Robles Syrah - 2 available ($219.99)

99 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The inky/purple-hued 2007 Booker Vineyard (95% Syrah and 5% Grenache) boasts a floral-dominated bouquet with camphor, blackberry, roasted meat, and espresso scents in the background. The density, flavor intensity, richness, full-bodied power, elegance, and freshness are all hallmarks of this special vintage in the Central Coast. This wine should drink well for 10-12+ years. (RP)" (08/2009)

97 points Jeb Dunnuck: "An absolute blockbuster, the 2007 Saxum Syrah Booker Vineyard is overflowing with earthy cassis, charred earth, spice, graphite and meaty aromatics. Fantastically rich and deep, the wine displays full bodied power, serious structure and a tannic, very long and chocolatey finish. Not for the faint of heart and this is power house Syrah to drink over the next 15+ years." (11/2009)

95 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Inky purple. Complex aromas of black raspberry, cherry-cola, smoky Indian spices, violet and yellow rose. Pepper and smoke notes build with air and add complexity to the sweet black and blue fruit liqueur flavors, which are framed by velvety tannins. Wonderfully rich yet extremely fresh wine with outstanding finishing clarity and mineral-driven thrust. (JR)" (11/2009)

94 points Wine Spectator: "Deliciously rich and layered, full-bodied and well-structured, with a complex core of blackberry, huckleberry, anise and mineral flavors that take on a tar and graphite edge on the finish, where the tannins give this traction. (JL)" (02/2010)

2007 Saxum "Broken Stones" Paso Robles Rhône Blend (bin soiled label) - 5 available ($159.99)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2007 Broken Stones (71% Syrah, 18% Grenache, and 11% Mourvedre) is a gorgeously seamless wine with an inky/blue/purple color, a tight but promising nose of blue and black fruits, incense, charcoal, and extraordinarily pure black raspberry and blackberry fruit, fabulous concentration in the mouth, velvety, well-integrated tannins, and a mind-bogglingly long finish. This wine will benefit from 2-3 years of cellaring, and should keep for 15 or more. (RP) 96+" (08/2009)

96 points Wine Spectator: "A full-blown tour de force, pure, ripe, rich and focused, delivering blackberry, huckleberry, boysenberry and spicy mineral notes that are dense without being heavy. Layered and intricate, this is smooth, detailed and long on the finish. (JL)" (02/2010)

95 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Saturated ruby. A highly perfumed bouquet displays boysenberry, blueberry, smoked meat, pungent floral oils and strong minerality. Lush, creamy and sweet, offering incisive dark berry flavors and a strong undertone of Asian spices. The mineral note builds with air and carries into the finish, which is strikingly pure, focused and persistent. As rich as this wine is, I find no excess weight and a very firm finish. (JR)" (12/2009)

2007 Saxum "Heart Stone Vineyard" Paso Robles Rhône Blend (soiled label) - 1 available ($184.99)

98 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The lightest and most vibrant of the 07s, the 2007 Saxum Heart Stone Vineyard is a blend of 65% Syrah, 21% Grenache, and 14% Mourvedre, from limestone soils, which saw close to 30% whole cluster and spent 26 months in oak. The Grenache really shows and the wine exhibits exceptional aromatics of spiced red fruits, underbrush, flowers, and graphite on the nose. This develops beautifully in the glass and shows awesome purity and precision. Silky and elegant on the palate, the wine is medium to full bodied and perfectly balanced, possessing a layered, rich, yet light texture, vibrant acidity, and a very long, focused finish that highlights fine-grained, ripe tannin. I love the delineation this shows, and while superb right now, I think this will benefit from 2 to 3 years in the cellar and then drink beautifully for 12 to 15 years. (JebDunnuck.com)" (11/2010)

98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "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 Smiths 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...this is a fabulous wine that combines power and elegance. It should drink well for at least a decade or more. (RP)" (08/2010)

97 points Wine Spectator: "There's amazing harmony and range of flavor in this red, which offers richness, elegance and finesse, with 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. Drink now through 2022. (JL)" (02/2011)

93 points Vinous: "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. (JR) 93+" (11/2010)

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2007 Saxum "James Berry Vineyard" Paso Robles Rhône Blend (1.5L) - 1 available ($749.99)

100 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Easily the most massive, dense, and powerful wine of the evening, the 2007 Saxum James Berry Vineyard is up there with the best of the best and certainly, one of the most monumental wines Ive ever tasted. A blend of 41% Grenache, 31% Mourvedre, and 28% Syrah, it delivers a staggering array of red and black fruits, licorice, mineral, wood smoke, and floral qualities on the nose. Every bit as good on the palate, with full-bodied power, a weightless, detailed texture, and blockbuster length, this incredible effort is still an infant and needs another 2-3 years of bottle age; I wouldnt be surprised to see it have upwards of two decades or more of ultimate longevity. Hats off to proprietor Justin Smith for this awesome effort." (12/2012)

100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Utter perfection, and one of the most profound Rhone Ranger wines I have ever tasted... As with many prodigious wines, the extraordinary freshness, purity, equilibrium, and singularity of this effort is breathtaking. Its dense purple color is accompanied by an extraordinary, incredibly pure, all enveloping, intense, sweet nose of black raspberries, kirsch, spring flowers, spice box, and pepper. Full-bodied with not a hard edge to be found, it is stunningly concentrated with unreal purity, a voluptuous texture, and remarkable freshness for a wine of such power, depth, and concentration. (RP)" (08/2009)

98 points Wine Spectator: "An amazing wine, dense, rich and layered, offering a mix of power and finesse, with concentrated dark berry fruit, mineral, sage, herb and cedar notes that are pure, intense, focused and persistent. Grenache, Mourvèdre and Syrah. *Wine of The Year for 2010* (JL)" (02/2010)

97 points Vinous: "(41% grenache, 31% mourvedre and 28% syrah) Inky purple color. Spectacular nose combines black and blue fruit preserves, cola, smoky Indian spices and potpourri, with a vibrant mineral underpinning. Juicy, vibrant and focused, offering sweet boysenberry and blueberry flavors and suave floral pastille and allspice qualities. Deeply concentrated but lithe, with superb finishing clarity and a spicy, endless finish. I also retasted the 2006 James Berry Vineyard and it is in a highly expressive, juicy phase right now, with strong, sweet red and dark berry flavors and excellent clarity. I suspect that my score of 94 last year was low by a point. And the 2008 version, tasted from barrel, looks at least as good as this 2007. (JR)" (11/2009)

2007 Saxum "James Berry Vineyard" Paso Robles Rhône Blend (soiled label) - 1 available ($399.99)

100 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Easily the most massive, dense, and powerful wine of the evening, the 2007 Saxum James Berry Vineyard is up there with the best of the best and certainly, one of the most monumental wines Ive ever tasted. A blend of 41% Grenache, 31% Mourvedre, and 28% Syrah, it delivers a staggering array of red and black fruits, licorice, mineral, wood smoke, and floral qualities on the nose. Every bit as good on the palate, with full-bodied power, a weightless, detailed texture, and blockbuster length, this incredible effort is still an infant and needs another 2-3 years of bottle age; I wouldnt be surprised to see it have upwards of two decades or more of ultimate longevity. Hats off to proprietor Justin Smith for this awesome effort. (JebDunnuck.com)" (12/2012)

100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Utter perfection, and one of the most profound Rhone Ranger wines I have ever tasted... As with many prodigious wines, the extraordinary freshness, purity, equilibrium, and singularity of this effort is breathtaking. Its dense purple color is accompanied by an extraordinary, incredibly pure, all enveloping, intense, sweet nose of black raspberries, kirsch, spring flowers, spice box, and pepper. Full-bodied with not a hard edge to be found, it is stunningly concentrated with unreal purity, a voluptuous texture, and remarkable freshness for a wine of such power, depth, and concentration. (RP)" (08/2009)

98 points Wine Spectator: "An amazing wine, dense, rich and layered, offering a mix of power and finesse, with concentrated dark berry fruit, mineral, sage, herb and cedar notes that are pure, intense, focused and persistent. Grenache, Mourvèdre and Syrah. *#1 of 2010 Top 100 Wines. Highly Recommended* (JL)" (02/2010)

97 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Inky purple color. Spectacular nose combines black and blue fruit preserves, cola, smoky Indian spices and potpourri, with a vibrant mineral underpinning. Juicy, vibrant and focused, offering sweet boysenberry and blueberry flavors and suave floral pastille and allspice qualities. Deeply concentrated but lithe, with superb finishing clarity and a spicy, endless finish. (JR)" (11/2009)

97 points Vinous: "(41% grenache, 31% mourvedre and 28% syrah) Inky purple color. Spectacular nose combines black and blue fruit preserves, cola, smoky Indian spices and potpourri, with a vibrant mineral underpinning. Juicy, vibrant and focused, offering sweet boysenberry and blueberry flavors and suave floral pastille and allspice qualities. Deeply concentrated but lithe, with superb finishing clarity and a spicy, endless finish. I also retasted the 2006 James Berry Vineyard and it is in a highly expressive, juicy phase right now, with strong, sweet red and dark berry flavors and excellent clarity. I suspect that my score of 94 last year was low by a point. And the 2008 version, tasted from barrel, looks at least as good as this 2007. (JR)" (11/2009)

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2008 Saxum "Bone Rock - James Berry Vineyard" Paso Robles Syrah - 1 available ($174.99)

98 points James Suckling: "This is a gorgeous wine with subtle dried meat, minerals and ripe fruit. Full and balanced with fine tannins and a long finish. Very beautiful. Harmonious and layered. Love the finish, with no heat. Just right. Spice and meat hint of wood. Phenomenal." (10/2011)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2008 Bone Rock comes across as quite delicate and perfumed in its expressive bouquet. Hints of smoke, mint and tar add complexity to the dark, black fruit in this beautifully balanced wine. I find a bit more complexity and nuance in the 2008 than in the 2009. I especially like the aromatic lift and freshness here. The 2008 Bone Rock is 83% Syrah (75% whole clusters), 13% Mourvedre and 4% Grenache. The wine spent 30 months in French oak and was bottled in January 2011. Anticipated maturity: 2011-2020. (AG)" (08/2011)

95 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright purple. Amazingly complex bouquet of spice-accented cassis, candied blackberry, fresh violet, cocoa powder and smoky minerals. Densely packed and sweet but also bright and lively, with potent dark berry, floral and licorice candy flavors that become smokier and spicier with air. Fine-grained, supple tannins come on late. This rich but lithe wine shows enormous potential but drinks extremely well now, with some aeration. (JR)" (11/2011)

95 points Wine Spectator: "Tight and muscular, with dense, chewy tar, blackberry, mineral, cedar, sage and roasted herb flavors. Full-blown and intense, yet for all its size and stature, this is very compelling and complete, sure to benefit from cellaring. Syrah (83 percent) with Mourvèdre and Grenache. Drink now through 2024. (JL)" (02/2012)

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2008 Saxum "Booker Vineyard" Paso Robles Rhône Blend - 2 available ($189.99)

98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2008 Booker Vineyard (92% Syrah and 8% Mourvedre, which had also been bottled immediately before my visit) has an opaque purple color and a wonderfully sweet nose of black cherry, black currant, licorice, incense, and some Asian spices. The wine has seamless lushness, a voluptuous texture, stunning purity, and a very long, 40-second-plus finish. Booker is another top site that I believe was planted with Justin Smiths help. It is a 40-acre vineyard sitting on similar limestone soils. This incredible wine would probably benefit from a couple of years of cellaring, as the structure is more present, no doubt due to the high level of Syrah in the wine. (RP)" (08/2010)

96 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Showing the wild, brambly dark fruit that is Booker Vineyard, the 2008 Saxum Syrah Booker Vineyard, 92% Syrah and 8% Mourvedre, has a blockbuster nose of jammy blackberry and raspberry fruits, white chocolate, toasted spice, underbrush, and a touch of vanilla. Full bodied and beautifully balanced, even considering its size, it sports a huge texture, solid structure, and a long finish." (11/2010)

96 points Wine Spectator: "Starts out open-knit, rich and fleshy, yet builds intensity. Powerful, yet with a measure of restraint, delivering supple plum, blackberry and wild berry fruit, with touches of mineral and black licorice. This wows you with both gushing fruit and a dancing delicacy of finesse. Ends with chunky fruit flavors. Syrah and Mourvèdre. Best from 2012 through 2024. (JL)" (02/2011)

94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Inky ruby. Raspberry and cherry preserves on the nose, with complicating notes of rose oil, Szechuan peppercorn and allspice. Impressively complex, sappy red berry compote flavors are given grip by a touch of cherry pit and gain sweetness with air. For such a massive wine there's uncanny energy here as well. (JR)" (11/2010)

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2008 Saxum "Broken Stones" Paso Robles Rhône Blend - 3 available ($129.99)

96 points Jeb Dunnuck: "A blend of 79% Syrah, 13% Grenache, and 8% Mourvedre, the 2008 Saxum Broken Stones is a full bore Syrah, delivering earthy dark berry fruits, roasted meats, charcoal, and spice box aromas that are lifted and framed by serious underlying minerality and crushed stone notes. Full bodied and powerful on the palate, with a ripe, grippy texture, gorgeous balance despite the overall large scale and a beautifully focused, blockbuster finish, this superb Syrah should benefit from 2 to 3 years of bottle age, and then drink well for 10 to 15." (11/2010)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2008 Broken Stones (79% Syrah, 13% Grenache, and the rest Mourvedre) has a bluish purple color to the rim, with the classic nose of camphor, charcoal, black currant, and blackberry with hints of licorice and smoke. This intense wine displays great fruit, some structure, and a beautifully seamless texture. It is more evolved and open than the 2007 was at the same time, and just slightly less profound. It should drink nicely for at least a decade. (RP)" (09/2010)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Opaque purple. Exotic, floral and spice-accented black and blue fruits on the nose, with hints of fruitcake, vanilla and cola emerging with air. Impressively deep and powerful, offering sweet dark berry preserve and smoky spice flavors and a touch of candied violet. The extremely persistent finish is broad, sweet and penetrating, leaving smoke and spice notes behind. I like this wine's blend of depth and energy. (JR)" (11/2010)

93 points Wine Spectator: "An elegant style, rich without being weighty, serving up a mix of spicy dried berry, tobacco leaf, mineral and graphite. This wows you with its finesse and polish, offering subtle flavors that caress the palate. Syrah, Grenache and Mourvèdre. Drink now through 2020. (JL)" (02/2011)

2009 Saxum "Booker Vineyard" Paso Robles Proprietary Red(stained label) - 2 available ($134.99)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2009 Booker Vineyard is 70% Syrah and 30% Mourvedre from one of the rockiest, steepest hillsides in Paso Robles. Layers of dark fruit, spices, tar and licorice emerge from the glass in this deep, sensual wine. Booker usually sees the highest percentage of new oak, and elements of spiciness come through on the finish, although some of the oakiness blows off with time in the glass. Booker is another site Smith planted and continues to pull fruit from, in this case three blocks of Syrah and one of Mourvedre. In 2009 there were two lots; the first 100% Syrah vinified with 20-25% stems, the second a Syrah/Mourvedre co-ferment. Both lots were blended for the finished wine. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2021." (08/2011)

95 points Wine Spectator: "A rather muscular 2009, yet for all its firmness and density there's a purity of flavor, focus and persistence, gaining minerality yet driven by the tight boysenberry, blackberry and wild berry fruit. Ends with gripping tannins that make this all the more exciting. Syrah and Mourvèdre. Drink now through 2024. 350 cases made." (02/2012)

94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Opaque purple. Wild, expressive aromas of dark berries, cherry-cola, candied licorice, woodsmoke and Indian spices. Sappy and expansive, with excellent clarity and depth, and a seamless character, to its sweet blackberry and mulberry flavors. Becomes spicier with air and finishes with superb energy and lingering sweetness." (11/2011)

2009 Saxum "Broken Stones" Paso Robles Rhône Blend - 1 available ($119.99)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2009 Broken Stones is sourced from all of the estates vineyards, which in this vintage includes Padereweski fruit for the first time, although most of the fruit was sourced from James Berry. Today it comes across as rather tightly wound and implosive, although with air the wines potential becomes more evident. Dark cherries, licorice and smoke wrap around the intense finish. Floral notes add the final layers of complexity and nuance. This is another fabulous effort. In 2009 the blend is 60% Syrah, 20% Mourvedre, 12% Petite Sirah and 8% Grenache. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2021. (AG)" (09/2011)

95 points Wine Spectator: "This muscle-bound red offers a firm backbone of mineral, loamy earth, spice and cedar, with blackberry, licorice and berry pie flavors folding in behind. The most intense and angular of the new Saxums. Syrah, Mourvèdre, Petite Sirah and Grenache. Drink now through 2022. (JL)" (02/2012)

94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Glass-staining purple. Highly complex, intensely perfumed bouquet of red and dark berry preserves, potpourri, licorice and pipe tobacco, with a strong note of pepperyspices. Deep and juicy, offering palate-staining raspberry and boysenberry flavors and a complete absence of rough edges. Closes sappy and sweet, with excellent clarity and spicy thrust. Really vivacious wine, and balanced to age. (JR)" (11/2011)

94 points Vinous: "(60% syrah, 20% mourvedre, 12% petite sirah and 8% grenache): Glass-staining purple. Highly complex, intensely perfumed bouquet of red and dark berry preserves, potpourri, licorice and pipe tobacco, with a strong note of pepperyspices. Deep and juicy, offering palate-staining raspberry and boysenberry flavors and a complete absence of rough edges. Closes sappy and sweet, with excellent clarity and spicy thrust. Really vivacious wine, and balanced to age. (JR)" (08/2011)

92 points James Suckling: "This is ripe and lightly jammy, with plum and blueberries. Full-bodied, with soft and pretty fruit with a spicy character and a bright finish. Punchy and juicy. 60% Syrah, 20% Mourvedre, 12% Petit Syrah and 8% Grenache. Drink now." (10/2011)

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2009 Saxum "Paderewski Vineyard" Paso Robles Red Blend - 0 available ($149.99)

97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2009 Paderewski Vineyard is a new bottling from a site Smith developed for Bill and Liz Armstrong, the owners of Epoch. Zinfandel, Syrah, Petit Sirah and Mourvedre are planted in separate plots but co-fermented. Layers of dark fruit meld into flowers, mint, sweet spices, menthol, eucalyptus and plums, with marvelous density and harmony. This shows superb aromatic complexity and tons of nuance to match its absolutely striking personality. It is a dazzling effort, especially for a young vineyard in just its third leaf. The blend was 39% Zinfandel, 38% Syrah, 13% Petite Sirah and 10% Mourvedre. (AG)" (08/2011)

95 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Coming from a vineyard owned by Bill and Liz Armstrong of Epoch Estate, the 2009 Saxum Paderewski Vineyard (39% Zinfandel, 38% Syrah, 12% Petite Sirah, and 10% Mourvedre) is easily the most upfront and approachable of Justins 2009s. Loaded with brambly berry styled fruits, spice, meat juice, and toast on the nose, the wine is full-bodied, gorgeously textured, and loaded with sweet fruit. Its brilliant now, yet theres enough fine tannin and underlying structure here to keep this drinking well for 12-15 years." (06/2012)

94 points Wine Spectator: "Rustic, muscular and dense, with a chewy core of dried berry, roasted herb, hot brick, blackberry and wild berry, with spice and mineral flavors folding in on the finish. (JL)" (02/2012)

93 points James Suckling: "This is full and spicy with blackberry and spices with a chalk and dried fruits. Round and velvety. A little warm but I like the spices. This is wine from a vineyard on Peachy Canyon road. Solid core of fruit here." (10/2011)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Inky purple. Seductively perfumed aromas of dark berry preserves, potpourri, Asian spices, anise and mocha. Broad, sweet and spicy in the mouth, showing outstanding vivacity to its black and blue fruit flavors accented by clove and candied flowers. Finishes spicy and lucid. This is the first release for this bottling. (JR)" (11/2011)

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2010 Saxum "Booker Vineyard" Paso Robles Rhône Blend (1.5L) - 1 available ($249.99)

98 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Also spectacular, the 2010 Saxum Syrah Booker Vineyard - a blend of 81% Syrah and 19% Mourvedre - is about as textbook a representation of a Paso Robles Syrah as I can think of. Locked and loaded with notions of ripe black and blue fruits, smoke, bouquet garni, espresso, and licorice, it is unabashedly full-bodied, rich, and yet elegant on the palate. Showing real class, as well as first-rate freshness, superb depth and concentration, and masses of tannin, this blockbuster syrah needs a solid 3-4 years of bottle age to flesh out and will keep for 15-20 years or more. (JebDunnuck.com)" (12/2012)

98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2010 Syrah Booker Vineyard a blend of 81% Syrah and 19% Mourvedre is about as textbook a representation of a Paso Robles Syrah as I can think of. Locked and loaded with notions of ripe black and blue fruits, smoke, bouquet garni, espresso, and licorice, it is unabashedly full-bodied, rich, and yet elegant on the palate. Showing real class, as well as first-rate freshness, superb depth and concentration, and masses of tannin, this blockbuster Syrah needs a solid 3-4 years of bottle age to flesh out, and will keep for 15-20 years or more. (JD)" (07/2014)

95 points Vinous: "A full-throttle Paso Syrah, the 2010 Booker Vineyard explodes onto the palate with an exotic melange of black fruit, smoke, tar and game. The style is decidedly masculine, virile and imposing. There is an immediacy to the Booker that is impossible to miss. At the same time, this is a wine that tells you everything right up front. Might there be something more to discover in this site? The 2010 is 81% Syrah and 19% Mourvèdre, aged in 350 liter barrels, 60-70% new. (AG)" (07/2013)

94 points Wine Spectator: "A sizable wine that's rich, intense and harmonious, with a nuanced mix of extracted blackberry, spice, plum, licorice and cigar box flavors. Best to cellar. Syrah and Mourvèdre. Best from 2014 through 2024. (JL)" (03/2013)

94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Inky purple. An explosively perfumed bouquet evokes spicy red and dark berry liqueur, Indian spices, vanilla and floral oils. Spicy black raspberry and cherry-vanilla flavors are complicated by notes of violet pastille and show a plush, seamless texture. Gains weight with air but retains clarity. The spicy note carries through an impressively long, juicy finish, which features ripe, harmonious tannins. (JR)" (11/2012)

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2010 Saxum "Broken Stones" Paso Robles Rhône Blend - 2 available ($109.99)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Even more perfumed and up-front aromatically, the 2010 Broken Stones is a brilliant effort. A multi-vineyard blend of 63% Syrah, 19% Mourvedre, 15% Grenache, and 3% Petite Sirah that was aged mostly in new French oak, it offers up a gorgeously pure array of black raspberry, charcoal, licorice, lavender, and assorted floral qualities on the nose. This flows to a full-bodied, deft, and elegant palate that has no hard edges, a weightless feel, and masses of fine, yet firm tannin on the finish. Give bottles another year or three, and then drink over the following 12-15 years. (JD)" (07/2014)

94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "A complex, smoky bouquet evokes red and dark berry liqueur, candied flowers and Asian spices. Supple and juicy on the palate, with zesty acidity giving spine and lift to the powerful black raspberry and mulberry flavors. The smoky note comes back on the strikingly long, mineral-driven finish, which is focused, sweet and extremely long. (JR)" (12/2012)

93 points Vinous: "Savory notes meld into black olives, crushed rocks and graphite as the 2010 Broken Stones opens up in the glass. The 2010 stands out for its length and persistence. I had expected the 2010 to be a little bit more expressive, but post-bottling it remains tightly coiled and reticent. Readers will have to be a bit more patient here. Broken Stones is 63% Syrah, 19% Mourvèdre, 15% Grenache and 3% Petite Sirah. (AG)" (07/2013)

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2010 Saxum "James Berry Vineyard" Paso Robles Rhône Blend - 7 available ($139.99)

97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Sporting a vibrant ruby, semi-opaque color, the 2010 James Berry Vineyard is the most tight, backward version of this cuvee that I can recall. A blend of 52% Grenache, 26% Mourvedre, and 22% Syrah, it has a decidedly savory bouquet of blackberry liqueur, kirsch, violets, bouquet garni, ground pepper, and graphite. Full-bodied and layered on the palate, with brilliant mid-palate concentration, superb freshness, and masses of tannin, this brilliant Rhone blend from Paso Robles will stand toe-to-toe with the best wines out there, but it is not for those seeking instant gratification and will require 4-5 years of bottle age. In 2010, the Grenache component was aged in a combination of concrete tank and oak puncheons, and this shows in both the aromatics and texture, with less obvious sweetness and more freshness. It will evolve gracefully for two decades. A benchmark estate for California, Saxum, under the helm of superstar winemaker Justin Smith, continues to produce some of the most compelling, profound wines on the planet. While Smiths wines are always full-flavored and intense, there has been a stylistic change over recent vintages, with the wines showing more obvious tannin and structure, as well as additional minerality and savory qualities. These 2010s exemplify this change and are all serious, structured efforts that will need bottle age to blossom. (JD)" (07/2014)

96 points Vinous: "Readers will have to be patient with the 2010 James Berry Vineyard. Still reticent and very tightly wound, the 2010 is in no mood to show the full breadth of its personality. There is wonderful purity to the Grenache-inflected red toned fruit, even if the wine remains reticent. All of the energy and tension I found in the wine last year remains present. If anything, the 2010 is even less expressive today than it was a year ago. The James Berry is 52% Grenache (done in concrete), 26% Mourvèdre and 22% Syrah. (AG) 96+" (07/2013)

94 points Wine Spectator: "The intense, vivid blackberry, blueberry, pepper and spice notes are tightly focused and persistent in this red, ending with a long finish and tannins that give the flavors traction. Very pure and rambunctious, and should only get better with time. Grenache, Mourvèdre and Syrah. Best from 2014 through 2026. (JL)" (03/2013)

94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Glass-staining ruby. Ripe blackberry and cherry on the intensely perfumed nose and in the mouth. Dense but surprisingly energetic, offering sweet black raspberry and candied lavender flavors and a hint of cola. Supple tannins give shape to a long, sweet, strikingly lively finish, which echoes the floral note. (JR)" (11/2012)

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2010 Saxum "James Berry Vineyard" Paso Robles Rhône Blend (1.5L) - 1 available ($299.99)

97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Sporting a vibrant ruby, semi-opaque color, the 2010 James Berry Vineyard is the most tight, backward version of this cuvee that I can recall. A blend of 52% Grenache, 26% Mourvedre, and 22% Syrah, it has a decidedly savory bouquet of blackberry liqueur, kirsch, violets, bouquet garni, ground pepper, and graphite. Full-bodied and layered on the palate, with brilliant mid-palate concentration, superb freshness, and masses of tannin, this brilliant Rhone blend from Paso Robles will stand toe-to-toe with the best wines out there, but it is not for those seeking instant gratification and will require 4-5 years of bottle age. In 2010, the Grenache component was aged in a combination of concrete tank and oak puncheons, and this shows in both the aromatics and texture, with less obvious sweetness and more freshness. It will evolve gracefully for two decades. (JD)" (07/2014)

96 points Vinous: "Readers will have to be patient with the 2010 James Berry Vineyard. Still reticent and very tightly wound, the 2010 is in no mood to show the full breadth of its personality. There is wonderful purity to the Grenache-inflected red toned fruit, even if the wine remains reticent. All of the energy and tension I found in the wine last year remains present. If anything, the 2010 is even less expressive today than it was a year ago. The James Berry is 52% Grenache (done in concrete), 26% Mourvèdre and 22% Syrah. 96+ points. (AG)" (07/2013)

94 points Wine Spectator: "The intense, vivid blackberry, blueberry, pepper and spice notes are tightly focused and persistent in this red, ending with a long finish and tannins that give the flavors traction. Very pure and rambunctious, and should only get better with time. Grenache, Mourvèdre and Syrah. Best from 2014 through 2026. (JL)" (03/2013)

94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Glass-staining ruby. Ripe blackberry and cherry on the intensely perfumed nose and in the mouth. Dense but surprisingly energetic, offering sweet black raspberry and candied lavender flavors and a hint of cola. Supple tannins give shape to a long, sweet, strikingly lively finish, which echoes the floral note. (JR)" (12/2012)

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2010 Saxum "Paderewski Vineyard" Paso Robles Red Blend - 0 available ($109.99)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A kitchen sink blend of 35% Zinfandel, 26% Mourvedre, 19% Tempranillo, 11% Syrah, and 9% Petite Sirah that comes from Bill and Liz Armstrongs (Epoch Wines) Paderewski Vineyard (4th leaf), the 2010 Paderewski Vineyard is a perfumed extrovert that delivers loads of Zin flair, with brambly black and blue fruits, licorice, charred earth, spice box, and crushed flowers on the nose. Sweetly fruited, seamless, and gorgeously textured, with a powerful, tannic, and heady finish, this hedonistic effort also stays light on the palate and is hard to resist. It, too, should benefit from short term cellaring, and impress for over a decade. (JD)" (07/2014)

95 points Vinous: "The 2010 Paderewski Vineyard is firing on all cylinders today. The Zinfandel is very much front and center in a big, boisterous wine full of personality. Mocha, chocolate, spice and plum notes caress the palate in a succulent, highly expressive wine to drink now and over the next handful of years. This is without question the biggest and most exuberant of the Saxum wines. Today it is stunning. (AG)" (07/2013)

95 points Wine Spectator: "A powerhouse blend that's focused and balanced, yet loaded with personality and a sense of place. Spicy wild berry and mineral aromas lead to rich, layered flavors of boysenberry, toasted herb and anise wrapped around muscular tannins. Best from 2014 through 2021. (TF)" (03/2013)

94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Opaque purple. An exotically perfumed bouquet displays scents of spice-accented black raspberry, cherry, violet and incense, with a bright mineral quality gaining power with air. Densely packed but impressively vibrant, offering sweet red and dark berry flavors that show iqueur-like depth and intensity. Floral pastille and raspberry notes carry through a long, sappy, seamless finish. (JR)" (11/2012)

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2010 Saxum "Terry Hoage Vineyard" Paso Robles Rhône Blend - 2 available ($109.99)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2010 Terry Hoage Vineyard is a blend of 46% Syrah, 33% Grenache, and 21% Mourvedre that comes from Jennifer and Terry Hoages west side Paso vineyard. Less gamey than when tasted from barrel, it offers up a pure, beautifully fresh bouquet of red and black fruits, spring flowers, ground pepper, leather, and wet stone-like minerality that flows to a rich, fabulously concentrated, and textured palate. Showing the savory, mineral characteristics of the vintage, as well as noticeable underlying tannin, this gorgeous effort needs short-term cellaring, and will thrill for over a decade. 95+ (JD)" (07/2014)

95 points Vinous: "Saxum's 2010 Terry Hoage, here in its first vintage, has developed beautifully in bottle. Today, the Grenache aromatics are incredibly resonant as the Hoage shows off a floral dimension that was not at all apparent when the wines was first bottled. Finely-knit and super-refined on the palate, the 2010 is hugely appealing. What a gorgeous wine this has turned out to be. I can't wait to see what Justin Smith does with this fruit as the vines get older. This first effort is promising, to say the least. The blend is 46% Syrah, 33% Grenache and 21% Mourvèdre. (AG)" (07/2013)

93 points Wine Spectator: "Intense and detailed, exhibiting a crushed rock backbone and tannic structure, with dark berry, licorice and floral scents. This is very tightly wound and sure to benefit from cellaring. Syrah, Grenache and Mourvèdre. Drink now through 2022. (JL)" (03/2013)

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2011 Saxum "Booker Vineyard" Paso Robles Rhône Blend (Previously 140) - 3 available ($109.99)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Beautifully done, and probably the most elegant, seamless version of this cuvee Ive tasted, the 2011 Booker Vineyard offers terrific aromas and flavors of liquid violets, sappy underbrush, smoked, exotic spices and plenty of crushed rock-like minerality that are all carried by layers of sweet cassis and black raspberry. Theres a northern Rhone-like character here, but it hits the palate with full-bodied richness, fantastic mid-palate concentration, and a seamless, layered and multi-dimensional mouthfeel thats hard to resist. Made from 67% Syrah and 33% Mourvedre and aged in 300- and 350-liter hogsheads (and fermented with varying degrees of whole cluster), this beautifully pure, polished and complex effort will benefit from short-term cellaring and have over 15 years of overall longevity. (JD)" (08/2014)

94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Dark purple. Potent aromas of cassis, cherry liqueur, blueberry, Moroccan spices, violet and smoky minerals. Impressively deep but energetic, offering sappy dark fruit flavors laced with notes of mocha, violet, cola, five-spice powder and cracked pepper. Decidedly rich but this comes across as almost elegant, with impressive lift and energy thanks to bright, juicy acidity. The deep, sappy black and blue fruit flavors refuse to let go on the long, spicy finish. (JR)" (11/2013)

94 points Vinous: "Pomegranate, plum, exotic spices, smoke and graphite are some of the many notes that are found in the 2011 Booker Vineyard. An exceptionally beautiful wine, the 2011 possesses remarkable depth and intensity. Expressive floral and citrus overtones develop in the glass, adding considerable brightness and aromatic nuance. Even though the 2011 is gorgeous today, my sense is it is holding back much of its potential. (AG)" (07/2014)

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2011 Saxum "Broken Stones" Paso Robles Rhône Blend (Previously 130) - 5 available ($104.99)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The brilliant 2011 Syrah Broken Stones comes from a cooler block of the James Berry Vineyard and checks in as a blend of 78% Syrah, 18% Mourvedre and 4% Petit Sirah. Relatively forward (especially when compared to the locked up Bone Rock), with fabulous purity and freshness, it exudes notions of creme de cassis, blueberry, pepper, crushed flowers and sweet oak on the nose. Full-bodied, seamless and elegant, yet with building richness and rock star length, its an elegant version of the cuvee to drink over the coming 15 years or more. (JD)" (08/2014)

95 points Vinous: "A dark, mysterious beauty, the 2011 Broken Stones is laced with expressive dark red and black stone fruits, iron, smoke and French oak. This is one of the more explosive wines in Saxum's range of 2011s. The Broken Stones finishes with substantial depth and power. While oak levels have come down quite a bit here in recent years, Broken Stones is one wine in this range where the oak influence is noticeable. The blend is 78% Syrah, 18% Mourvèdre, and 4% Petite Sirah. (AG)" (07/2014)

94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Inky purple. Sexy aromas of blackberry liqueur, candied cherry, potpourri and a hint of olive tapenade. Offers sweet black and blue fruit flavors and a velvety texture, with slow-building smokiness and a touch of bitter chocolate. Fine-grained tannins add shape and grip to a long, juicy, dark fruit-dominated finish. This suave wine easily carries its 15.3% alcohol. (JR)" (11/2013)

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2011 Saxum "James Berry Vineyard" Paso Robles Rhône Blend - 2 available ($109.99)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Reminding me of a top 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape (the 2010 Raymond Usseglio Cuvee Imperiale to be exact), the 2011 James Berry Vineyard is a blend of 69% Grenache, 13% Mourvedre, 13% Syrah, 2% Counoise, and a splash of Roussanne, that was aged in a combination of concrete (Grenache) and larger oak puncheons. A fresh, detailed and more elegant example of the cuvee, it offers gorgeous notes of ripe berry fruit, loads of exotic spice, violets, pepper and lavender to go with a full-bodied, beautifully pure and layered profile on the palate. Its no blockbuster, but has loads of energy and tension, as well as class and refinement. Give it 2-3 years in the cellar and enjoy it over the following decade or longer. (JD) 96+" (08/2014)

96 points Vinous: "Dark red plums, exotic spices, crushed flowers, menthol and new leather are some of the nuances that blossom as the 2011 James Berry Vineyard opens up in the glass. The use of 33% whole clusters adds texture and aromatic complexity in a wine that impresses for its purity. Some of the Grenache was done in concrete, which allows the true personality of the fruit to shine. Hints of tar, game and licorice meld into the expressive finish. (AG)" (07/2014)

94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Inky ruby. Sexy, highly perfumed aromas of red fruit liqueur, lavender and Asian spices, with a bright mineral overtone. Rich and fleshy but lively, offering intense raspberry and cherry-cola flavors and exotic star anise and floral pastille accents. Silky tannins sneak in late and add shape to a long, smooth and alluringly sweet finish. The Grenache in this blend was raised in a large concrete vat. (JR)" (12/2013)

93 points Wine Spectator: "Pure, rich and deeply flavored, this muscular effort centers around penetrating blackberry, black licorice, charcoal and loamy earth notes. Ends with rustic, chewy tannins that will need a few years of cellaring to subside. Grenache, Mourvèdre, Syrah, Counoise and Roussanne. Best from 2015 through 2026. (JL)" (02/2014)

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2011 Saxum "James Berry Vineyard" Paso Robles Rhône Blend (1.5L) - 1 available ($229.99)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Reminding me of a top 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape (the 2010 Raymond Usseglio Cuvee Imperiale to be exact), the 2011 James Berry Vineyard is a blend of 69% Grenache, 13% Mourvedre, 13% Syrah, 2% Counoise, and a splash of Roussanne, that was aged in a combination of concrete (Grenache) and larger oak puncheons. A fresh, detailed and more elegant example of the cuvee, it offers gorgeous notes of ripe berry fruit, loads of exotic spice, violets, pepper and lavender to go with a full-bodied, beautifully pure and layered profile on the palate. It's no blockbuster, but has loads of energy and tension, as well as class and refinement. Give it 2-3 years in the cellar and enjoy it over the following decade or longer. (JD) 96+" (08/2014)

96 points Vinous: "Dark red plums, exotic spices, crushed flowers, menthol and new leather are some of the nuances that blossom as the 2011 James Berry Vineyard opens up in the glass. The use of 33% whole clusters adds texture and aromatic complexity in a wine that impresses for its purity. Some of the Grenache was done in concrete, which allows the true personality of the fruit to shine. Hints of tar, game and licorice meld into the expressive finish. (AG)" (07/2014)

94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Inky ruby. Sexy, highly perfumed aromas of red fruit liqueur, lavender and Asian spices, with a bright mineral overtone. Rich and fleshy but lively, offering intense raspberry and cherry-cola flavors and exotic star anise and floral pastille accents. Silky tannins sneak in late and add shape to a long, smooth and alluringly sweet finish. The grenache in this blend was raised in a large concrete vat. (JR)" (12/2013)

93 points Wine Spectator: "Pure, rich and deeply flavored, this muscular effort centers around penetrating blackberry, black licorice, charcoal and loamy earth notes. Ends with rustic, chewy tannins that will need a few years of cellaring to subside. Grenache, Mourvèdre, Syrah, Counoise and Roussanne. Best from 2015 through 2026. (JL)" (02/2014)

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2011 Saxum "Paderewski Vineyard" Paso Robles Red Blend - 0 available ($119.99)

97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Kicking off the 2011s and about as seductive and sexy as they come in the vintage, the 2011 Paderewski Vineyard is an eclectic blend of 34% Zinfandel, 31% Mourvedre, 16% Tempranillo, 10% Syrah and 9% Petite Sirah that comes from a warmer terroir of chalky, calcareous soils. Full-bodied, seamless and perfectly balanced, it offers brilliant aromas and flavors of black raspberry, rose petal, bramble and violets that are to die for. A big wine to be sure, yet it stays remarkably elegant, poised and fresh on the palate, with no hard edges and an approachable, utterly impossible-to-resist profile that keeps you pouring another glass. Enjoy this gorgeous wine anytime over the coming 10-12 years. (JD)" (08/2014)

94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Inky purple. Powerful, expansive aromas of dark berry compote, cola, dark chocolate and licorice, with a smoky mineral quality adding vivacity. Sappy, deeply pitched blackberry and cassis flavors are sharpened by juicy acidity and gain sweetness with air. Shows outstanding clarity and power on the finish, which features supple tannins and sweet, clinging dark berry preserve and floral pastille notes. (JR)" (11/2013)

94 points Vinous: "One of the more immediate wines in this range of the 2011s, the Paderewski Vineyard, is voluptuous and textured to the core, with huge dark red/black fruit, spice and leather notes. The Paderewski is dense and powerful, with plenty of immediacy but a touch less overall complexity than some of the other wines in the range. Still, the marriage of varieties in this Zinfandel-based red is terrific. (AG)" (07/2014)

92 points Wine Spectator: "A bruiser, muscular and ripe, with floral boysenberry and chunky chocolate aromas that lead to rich huckleberry flavors, accented by notes of licorice and smoky, savory herb. Shows a touch of heat on the finish. Zinfandel, Mourvèdre, Tempranillo, Syrah and Petite Sirah. Best from 2015 through 2021. (TF)" (02/2014)

K&L Notes: The 2011 Paderewski is a blend of 34% Zinfandel, 31% Mourvèdre, 16% Tempranillo, 10% Syrah and 9% Petite Sirah.

2012 Saxum "Bone Rock - James Berry Vineyard" Paso Robles Syrah (1.5L) - 1 available ($324.99)

99 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2012 Syrah James Berry Vineyard Bone Rock is the star of the show in 2012. Borderline perfection, it has straight up awesome notes of black and blue fruits, pepper, crushed violets and searing chalky minerality that shows on both the nose and palate. Full-bodied, seamless and elegant, it's a stacked, concentrated, layered Syrah that never puts a foot wrong. Give it 2-4 years and enjoy bottles through 2032. (JD)" (08/2015)

94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Vivid purple. Intensely perfumed cherry and blueberry aromas are complemented by suggestions of potpourri, licorice and smoky Indian spices. On the palate, dense, sweet dark berry liqueur and floral pastille flavors are sharpened by zesty mineral and white pepper notes. Elegant for such a rich wine, finishing with supple tannins and excellent floral persistence. This wine was made with 50% whole clusters. (JR)" (09/2015)

2012 Saxum "Booker Vineyard" Paso Robles Rhône Blend (1.5L) - 1 available ($249.99)

98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Leading off the wines tasted from bottle, the 2013 Booker Vineyard is one of the prettier, more elegant and pure examples of this cuvee I can recall. A blend of 67% Syrah and the rest Mourvedre, fermented with 30% whole cluster, this total thrill ride offers sensational notes of creme de cassis, black raspberries, ground herbs and crushed flowers to go with a full-bodied, ultra-pure, silky and seamless style on the palate. This tannin quality is off the charts, but it needs short term cellaring to really show at its best. (JD)" (08/2015)

93 points Vinous: "Inky purple. Smoky blackcurrant and blueberry aromas show excellent clarity, with building Asian spice and floral pastille qualities adding complexity. Seamless and sweet in the mouth, offering lively dark berry preserve and candied violet flavors and a bright, spicy kick on the back half. Finishes with supple tannins and lingering floral and blue fruit notes. (JR)" (09/2015)

93 points Wine Spectator: "Presents a massive core of earth- and dark berry--driven flavors, with dense mineral, graphite, crushed berry and rock, mocha and raspberry accents. Ends with a sturdy wall of tannins. Syrah and Mourvèdre. Best from 2016 through 2028. (JL)" (03/2015)

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2012 Saxum "Heart Stone Vineyard" Paso Robles Rhône Blend - 2 available ($104.99)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2012 Heart Stone Vineyard is 43% Syrah, 41% Grenache and 16% Mourvedre that was aged mostly in concrete (the 11 was aged 100% in concrete) yet also saw some new and neutral puncheons. Fermented with 40% whole clusters, its a big, burly effort that has beautiful creme de cassis, black raspberry, crushed violets, vanilla bean and exotic flower-like qualities all emerging from the glass. It too has a structured feel, with high, yet ripe tannin, so short-term cellaring is also advised here. (JD)" (08/2014)

92-94 points Vinous: "Pine, mint, juniper berries, spices and a host of high-toned, expressive nuances meld together in the 2012 Heart Stone Vineyard. The sweet, layered finish is particularly of note. While the 2011 was done entirely in concrete, the 2011 was vinified in a combination of concrete and oak. (AG)" (05/2014)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Opaque purple. Smoky, deeply pitched black raspberry, gingerbread and floral pastille scents show excellent clarity. Sweet and palate-staining, with intense red and dark berry liqueur flavors stretching out slowly. Finishes with outstanding thrust and length, chewy tannins coming up quickly to add grip. (JR) 92+?" (09/2015)

91 points Wine Spectator: "Offers a potent expression of loamy earth-infused dark berry, sage, bay leaf, espresso, black tea and black licorice flavors, all deep and persistent, cloaked in chewy tannins. Syrah, Grenache and Mourvèdre. Best from 2016 through 2028. (JL)" (03/2015)

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2012 Saxum "Paderewski Vineyard" Paso Robles Red Blend - 0 available ($119.99)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Surprisingly tannic and structured for a wine thats normally the most approachable and sexy, the 2012 Paderewski Vineyard checks in as a blend of 45% Zinfandel, 36% Mourvedre, 12% Tempranillo and 7% Petite Sirah. It possesses the classic chalky minerality of the vineyard to go with exotic perfumed notes of black raspberry, plums, brambly underbrush and assorted background meatiness. This all flows to a full-bodied, elegant and polished wine that has solid mid-palate depth and chewy, firm tannin on the finish. Give this a year or more in the cellar and enjoy bottles through 2024. (JD) 96+" (08/2014)

93 points Wine Spectator: "Bold and richly structured, this wine shows plenty of personality. Huckleberry, smoky mocha and herb aromas lead to deep, ripe flavors of savory plum, black licorice and mineral. The tannins build power on the finish. Zinfandel, Mourvèdre, Tempranillo and Petite Sirah. Drink now through 2023. 454 cases made. (TF)" (04/2015)

2012 Saxum "Paderewski Vineyard" Paso Robles Red Blend (1.5L) - 1 available ($209.99)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Surprisingly tannic and structured for a wine thats normally the most approachable and sexy, the 2012 Paderewski Vineyard checks in as a blend of 45% Zinfandel, 36% Mourvedre, 12% Tempranillo and 7% Petite Sirah. It possesses the classic chalky minerality of the vineyard to go with exotic perfumed notes of black raspberry, plums, brambly underbrush and assorted background meatiness. This all flows to a full-bodied, elegant and polished wine that has solid mid-palate depth and chewy, firm tannin on the finish. Give this a year or more in the cellar and enjoy bottles through 2024. 96+ points. (JD)" (08/2014)

93 points Wine Spectator: "Bold and richly structured, this wine shows plenty of personality. Huckleberry, smoky mocha and herb aromas lead to deep, ripe flavors of savory plum, black licorice and mineral. The tannins build power on the finish. Zinfandel, Mourvèdre, Tempranillo and Petite Sirah. Drink now through 2023. (TF)" (04/2015)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Zinfandel is especially prominent in the 2012 Paderewski Vineyard. Dark red cherries, kirsch, sweet spices and wild flowers are all laced together in a silky, gracious wine. The Paderewski is quite pretty, but also a bit subdued, perhaps because of its recent bottling. It will be interesting to see if the 2012 fleshes out in bottle." (07/2014)

92 points Vinous: "Zinfandel is especially prominent in the 2012 Paderewski Vineyard. Dark red cherries, kirsch, sweet spices and wild flowers are all laced together in a silky, gracious wine. The Paderewski is quite pretty, but also a bit subdued, perhaps because of its recent bottling. It will be interesting to see if the 2012 fleshes out in bottle. The blend is 45% Zinfandel, 36% Mourvèdre, 12% Tempranillo and 7% Syrah. (AG) 92+" (07/2014)

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2012 Saxum "Terry Hoage" Paso Robles Rhône Blend - 3 available ($124.99)

97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Just bottled five weeks ago, the 2012 Terry Hoage Vineyard (330 cases) is a thrilling blend of 51% Syrah, 31% Grenache and 18 % Mourvedre. It has an up front approachable and sexy feel in its cherry blossom and black raspberry fruit, crushed flowers and spice aromas and flavors. Full-bodied, concentrated and with sweet tannin, its the most ready-to-go in the lineup, yet will still have 10-12 years of longevity. (JD)" (08/2014)

92 points Vinous: "Silky and layered in the glass, the 2012 Terry Hoage Vineyard is a bit laid back for a site that has typically yielded more forward, fruit-driven wines. Plum, sweet spice and mint notes are all laced together nicely in the glass. Overall, the 2012 is a very pretty, feminine wine built more on grace than power. The 2012 is 51% Syrah, 31% Grenache and 18 Mourvèdre, picked a little earlier than the other wines in the range. 92+ (AG)" (07/2014)

91 points Wine Spectator: "Generous blackberry, black licorice, anise and sage notes give this a deep, intense core of flavor, matched by chewy, gripping tannins. Syrah, Grenache and Mourvèdre. Best from 2016 through 2028. 338 cases made. (JL)" (03/2015)

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2013 Saxum "Paderewski Vineyard" Paso Robles Red Blend ($129.90)

97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "One of the more accessible 2013s is the 2013 Paderewski Vineyard, which checks in as a blend of 34% Mourvedre, 33% Zinfandel, 13% Petite Sirah, 12% Syrah and the rest Tempranillo. Its deep ruby, vibrant color is followed by sensational notes of caramelized black cherries, spice box, peppery herbs and chalky minerality. Rich, full-bodied, utterly seamless and gorgeous on the palate, it's an incredible expression of this higher elevation, warm site that readers shouldn't miss. (JD)" (08/2016)

94 points Vinous: "Bright violet color. The nose displays a complex array of black and blue fruit and floral scents, along with suggestions of incense, mocha and licorice. Stains the palate with powerful blueberry and violet pastille flavors sharpened and lifted by juicy acidity. Concentrated, sappy and pure, finishing with outstanding thrust and smooth tannins that are overwhelmed by the wine's dense fruit. (JR)" (09/2015)

92 points Wine Spectator: "Powerful and loaded with personality, this features aromas of smoky dried berry and black licorice that open to dense, rich flavors of plum, cracked pepper beef and grilled herb. The tannins are ripe but muscular. (TF, Web-2016)"