2006 Saxum "Broken Stones" Paso Robles Rhone Blend

SKU #1065007 97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2006 Broken Stones (63% Syrah, 24% Grenache, and 13% Mourvedre) blew me away. An inky/purple color and a dazzling, explosive bouquet of black raspberries, camphor, cassis, forest floor, and spring flowers are followed by a rich, elegant wine offering laser-like precision as well as a striking minerality. It is a powerful yet graceful effort that should drink well for 10-12+ years. One of California’s super-star producers, Saxum owns one of the state’s most remarkable vineyard sites, the James Berry Vineyard, which has been broken into a number of different blocks, all planted on rocky limestone hillsides. This estate’s approach to winemaking is decidedly artisinal, with extraordinarily small yields as well as a minimalistic winemaking philosophy. (RP)  (8/2009)

96 points Wine Spectator

 ***Highly Recommended and #12 on Top 100 Wines of 2009*** Offers waves of ripe, exotic dark berry fruit, with wild berry, raspberry and blackberry jam notes that are full-bodied, rich and intense, pure and focused, ending with a long, complex, persistent finish. Syrah, Grenache and Mourvèdre. (JL)  (3/2009)

94 points Vinous

 (63% syrah, 24% grenache and 13% mourvedre) Ruby with a bright rim. Wild, pungent aromas of spicy red and dark berries, olive, incense and fruitcake. Surprisingly lithe on the palate, conveying an almost pinot-like silkiness. Sweet black raspberry and kirsch flavors are brightened by dusty minerals, becoming livelier with aeration. A strikingly elegant, focused wine that finishes with outstanding tangy lift, cut and persistence. This was raised in 50% new barriques. (JR)  (11/2008)

K&L Notes

NOTES FROM JUSTIN (wine maker): "The 2006 Broken Stones differs a bit from previous vintages. We gave it a little more time in barrel, 20 months to be exact, and pushed the release back 6 months to give it extra time in bottle to settle down. The fruit came from James Berry Vineyard, Heart Stone Vineyard, and Booker Vineyard. As before, it is Syrah based but now has a good dose of Grenache and a splash of Mourvèdre. These 2006 wines are fairly forward with a more open structure than the 2005’s, which will make them enjoyable at an earlier age."

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Rhone Blends

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Paso Robles

- Located about halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, this inland AVA enjoys a sunny and hot growing period while its seaside neighbors hang in the fog. Zinfandel is the traditional red grape of choice, though cabernet, chardonnay, and Rhône varietals are gaining favor. Most are made in a fruit-forward, early drinking style.
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