2011 Saxum "Terry Hoage" Paso Robles Rhône Blend

SKU #1152079 95-98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 More approachable and a sexy, seamless and layered effort, the 2011 Terry Hoage Vineyard (51% Grenache and 49% Syrah) has a distinct floral quality to go with fabulous creme de cassis, black raspberry, violets and licorice aromas and flavors. Possessing full-bodied richness and an elegant, focused and pure style, it benefits from a decant if drinking anytime soon, and will have over a decade of longevity. (JD)  (8/2014)

94 points Vinous

 Another gorgeous wine, the 2011 Terry Hoage Vineyard is especially supple and resonant for the year. Dark red cherries, kirsch, cinnamon and new leather are all woven together in a brilliant, wine built on texture, energy and nuance. The Terry Hoage is 51% Grenache and 49% Syrah, done mostly with destemmed fruit and aged predominantly in puncheons (AG)  (7/2014)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Opaque ruby. Highly expressive scents of red- and blackcurrant, cherry, smoky minerals, licorice and flowers. Fresh and precise but deeply concentrated, with sweet red berry compote and cassis flavors, supple texture and an exotic floral pastille quality. Becomes spicier with air and finishes pliant and long, with subtle tannins and a whiplash of peppery spices. (JR)  (12/2013)

90 points Wine Spectator

 A rugged blend shaped by firm, drying, grainy tannins, this features a fruit profile of rich dark berry, raspberry and touches of berry jam, with spice and cedar accents. Ends with chewy tannins. Grenache and Syrah. Drink now through 2023. (JL)  (2/2014)

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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.