2008 Saxum "Broken Stones" Paso Robles Rhône Blend

SKU #1065611 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. (JebDunnuck.com)  (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)  (9/2010)

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. (JL)  (2/2011)

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Rhone Blends

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United States

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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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