2011 Saxum "Broken Stones" Paso Robles Rhône Blend (Previously 130)
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, it’s an elegant version of the cuvee to drink over the coming 15 years or more. (JD)
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)
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)
Meaty, iron, and purple fruit with plenty of stem spice. Dusty tannin and balancing acidity. Stimulates the palate. More upfront fruit than the other Saxum wines tasted, which is not to say it is fruity. Again a wine of tenacity and strength that shows nuance and harmony. Give it time in cellar and a lot of air upon opening.
Trim and tannic, with a narrow mix of dried berry and loamy earth flavors, this wine will benefit from some short-term cellaring. The cool-weather, savory flavors are framed by dry, gripping tannins. Syrah, Mourvèdre and Petite Sirah. Drink now through 2024. (Web Only—2014)