2013 Saxum "Broken Stones" Paso Robles Rhône Blend

SKU #1245732 96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Incorporating more Petite Sirah than normal, and the first time there's been less than 50% Syrah, the 2013 Syrah Broken Stones is made from 48% Syrah, 22% Petite Sirah, 17% Grenache, 6% Mourvedre the rest Tempranillo and Roussanne. Its deep, inky color is followed by a structured, seriously mineral-laced and full-bodied red that offers lots of fruit (cassis, black cherries and raspberries), smoked earth and chocolate aromas and flavors. The tannin is front and center, yet they're beautifully ripe and polished. (JD)  (8/2016)

95 points Vinous

 Dark purple. A heady, highly complex bouquet evokes ripe dark berries, cherry liqueur and sandalwood, while smoky mineral and Indian spice accents build in the glass. Seamless and strikingly concentrated, offering surprisingly lithe blueberry, cassis and violet pastille flavors that become spicier and sweeter with air. At once lush and elegant; finishes extremely long and sappy, delivering repeating blueberry and floral notes and velvety tannins. (JR)  (9/2016)

93 points Wine Spectator

 A wine that's defined by density and rocky minerality, this is not for the faint of heart. Aromas of bitter chocolate and dark blueberry lead to complex licorice, smoky pepper and graphite flavors. Built for the cellar. (TF)  (3/2017)

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Varietal:

Rhone Blends

Country:

United States

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Specific Appellation:

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.