2012 Saxum "Terry Hoage" Paso Robles Rhône Blend

SKU #1188457 97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Just bottled five weeks ago, the 2012 Terry Hoage Vineyard (330 cases) is a thrilling blend of 51% Syrah, 31% Grenache and 18 % Mourvedre. It has an up front approachable and sexy feel in its cherry blossom and black raspberry fruit, crushed flowers and spice aromas and flavors. Full-bodied, concentrated and with sweet tannin, it’s the most ready-to-go in the lineup, yet will still have 10-12 years of longevity. (JD)  (8/2014)

92 points Vinous

 Silky and layered in the glass, the 2012 Terry Hoage Vineyard is a bit laid back for a site that has typically yielded more forward, fruit-driven wines. Plum, sweet spice and mint notes are all laced together nicely in the glass. Overall, the 2012 is a very pretty, feminine wine built more on grace than power. The 2012 is 51% Syrah, 31% Grenache and 18 Mourvèdre, picked a little earlier than the other wines in the range. 92+ Points (AG)  (7/2014)

91 points Wine Spectator

 Generous blackberry, black licorice, anise and sage notes give this a deep, intense core of flavor, matched by chewy, gripping tannins. Syrah, Grenache and Mourvèdre. Best from 2016 through 2028. 338 cases made. (JL)  (3/2015)

Jancis Robinson

 51% Syrah, 31% Grenache, 18% Mourvèdre. Meaty, fresh. Notes of spiced red fruit, with black tea and a long savoury, saline finish. The most immediately approachable of the Saxum wines in this tasting, with the most gentle tannin. Thoughtful, delicious with purity. Allow a little more time in bottle and aerate upon opening. (ECB)  (7/2015)

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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.