2013 Saxum "Broken Stones" Paso Robles Rhône Blend

SKU #1245732 96-98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The Syrah-dominated 2013 Syrah Broken Stones always incorporates small amounts of Petite Sirah (22% in 2013), Grenache, and Mourvedre and will see 18-20 months in mostly new French oak. Inky colored and mineral-laced, with the chalkiness that's so common from these limestone soils, it gives up lots of red and black fruits, liquid violets, licorice, and meatiness to go with a full-bodied, nicely structured, layered profile on the palate. Coming after the tannic 2012s, you really see the improvement in the tannin quality here. (JD)  (8/2015)

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)

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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.