2004 Saxum "Broken Stones" Paso Robles Syrah (Previously $125)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2004 Broken Stones is a 600-case blend of 75% Syrah, 22% Grenache, and 3% Mourvedre. Its deep ruby/purple color is followed by a sweet perfume of black cherries, cassis, and flowers. Medium to full-bodied and savory, with sweet tannin and a supple, approachable style, this fleshy, well-balanced red should age nicely for a decade or more. (RP)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Good bright ruby. Highly complex, perfumed aromas of raspberry, blackberry, violet, bitter chocolate, tobacco, flowers, pepper and underbrush. Sweet and juicy, with a gentle texture and concentrated flavors of blackberry and dark chocolate. Very suave, silky wine, finishing with lush tannins and subtle length. (ST)
With enough Syrah to qualify for a varietal label, the wine is certainly high in alcohol and sweet in ripe, jammy fruit. But it works. It’s sweet but not cloying, with cassis, cherry liqueur and chocolate flavors, and a sexy, velvety texture. Combines power with softness.