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Library Wine Department - Featuring Paso Robles - 02/01/2018 - Syrah (domestic)

Our Library Wine Department is a treasure trove of some of the most highly collectible and sought after wines in the market. From classic Bordeaux estates to the hottest new cult wineries, our selection is guaranteed to impress.

Highlighted this week is Domestic Pinot Noir. In this list you’ll find the top selections from California's and Oregon's most sought-after estates including: Copain, Linne Calodo, Saxum, Turley, Denner, and more. Whether you are looking for a bottle for a special occasion or to add to your collection, we have the depth of stock to meet whatever your needs may be.

Vintage Item Name Score Qty Retail Link
2011 Adelaida "Viking Estate Vineyard" Adelaida District Cabernet Sauvignon 1 Price: Hidden View
2013 Booker "The Ripper" Paso Robles Grenache 97 2 $139.99 View
2005 Copain "Les Copains--James Berry Vineyard" Paso Robles Rhone Blend 93 2 $49.99 View
2007 Copain "Les Copains--James Berry Vineyard" Paso Robles Rhone Blend 4 $49.99 View
2004 Copain "Les Copains--James Berry Vineyard" Paso Robles Rhone Blend 4 Price: Hidden View
2013 Denner Paso Robles Grenache 1 $54.99 View
2008 Denner Paso Robles Grenache 1 $39.99 View
2014 Denner Paso Robles Syrah 92 3 $49.99 View
2014 Denner Paso Robles Zinfandel 1 Price: Hidden View
2013 Denner Paso Robles Zinfandel 1 Price: Hidden View
2012 Justin "Isosceles Reserve" Paso Robles Bordeaux Blend 3 $129.99 View
2016 Linne Calodo "Contrarian" Paso Robles White Blend 2 $39.99 View
2009 Linne Calodo "Rising Tides" Paso Robles Rhône Blend 92 4 $49.99 View
2009 Linne Calodo "Sticks & Stones" Paso Robles Rhône Blend 92 1 $49.99 View
2002 Linne Calodo Paso Robles Syrah 2 $39.99 View
2006 Pharaoh Moans "Westside" Paso Robles Syrah 92 6 $59.99 View
2007 Pharaoh Moans "Westside" Paso Robles Syrah 6 Price: Hidden View
2005 Pharaoh Moans "WestSide" Paso Robles Syrah 91 6 $39.99 View
2009 Saxum "Bone Rock - James Berry Vineyard" Paso Robles Rhône Blend 97 4 $109.99 View
2009 Saxum "Bone Rock - James Berry Vineyard" Paso Robles Rhône Blend (1.5L) 97 1 $229.99 View
2007 Saxum "Bone Rock - James Berry Vineyard" Paso Robles Syrah 99 2 $249.99 View
2008 Saxum "Bone Rock - James Berry Vineyard" Paso Robles Syrah 98 1 $174.99 View
2011 Saxum "Bone Rock - James Berry Vineyard" Paso Robles Syrah 98 4 $159.99 View
2009 Saxum "Booker Vineyard" Paso Robles Proprietary Red (stained label) 96 2 Price: Hidden View
2008 Saxum "Booker Vineyard" Paso Robles Rhône Blend 98 2 $189.99 View
2009 Saxum "Booker Vineyard" Paso Robles Rhône Blend 96 3 $129.99 View
2010 Saxum "Booker Vineyard" Paso Robles Rhône Blend 98 3 $149.99 View
2011 Saxum "Booker Vineyard" Paso Robles Rhône Blend (Previously 140) 96 5 $109.99 View
2007 Saxum "Booker Vineyard" Paso Robles Syrah 99 1 $219.99 View
2008 Saxum "Broken Stones" Paso Robles Rhône Blend 96 3 $129.99 View
2010 Saxum "Broken Stones" Paso Robles Rhône Blend 96 4 $109.99 View
2011 Saxum "Broken Stones" Paso Robles Rhône Blend (Previously 130) 96 10 $104.99 View
2010 Saxum "Broken Stones" Paso Robles Rhône Blend (1.5L) 96 1 $239.99 View
2010 Saxum "Heart Stone Vineyard" Paso Robles Rhône Blend 97 3 $124.99 View
2011 Saxum "Heart Stone Vineyard" Paso Robles Rhône Blend 95 2 $99.99 View
2010 Saxum "James Berry Vineyard" Paso Robles Rhône Blend 96 7 $129.99 View
2011 Saxum "James Berry Vineyard" Paso Robles Rhône Blend 96 8 $109.99 View
2012 Saxum "James Berry Vineyard" Paso Robles Rhône Blend 97 6 $129.99 View
2010 Saxum "James Berry Vineyard" Paso Robles Rhône Blend (1.5L) 97 1 $299.99 View
2009 Saxum "Paderewski Vineyard" Paso Robles Red Blend 97 3 $129.99 View
2010 Saxum "Paderewski Vineyard" Paso Robles Red Blend 95 3 $99.99 View
2011 Saxum "Paderewski Vineyard" Paso Robles Red Blend 97 2 $119.99 View
2012 Saxum "Paderewski Vineyard" Paso Robles Red Blend 96 2 $109.99 View
2014 Saxum "Paderewski Vineyard" Paso Robles Red Blend 98 4 $129.99 View
2010 Saxum "Terry Hoage Vineyard" Paso Robles Rhône Blend 95 4 $109.99 View
2011 Saxum "Terry Hoage" Paso Robles Rhône Blend 95 1 $109.99 View
2012 Saxum "Terry Hoage" Paso Robles Rhône Blend 97 5 $124.99 View
2013 Tablas Creek Adelaida District Syrah 91 20 Price: Hidden View
2014 Terry Hoage "The Hedge Reserve" Paso Robles Syrah 1 $49.99 View
2013 Terry Hoage "Skins" Paso Robles Grenache 1 $49.99 View
2002 Turley "Dusi" Paso Robles Zinfandel 93 3 $44.99 View
2001 Turley "Pesenti" Paso Robles Zinfandel 92 2 $49.99 View
2009 Wind Gap "Luna Matta Vineyard" Paso Robles Nebbiolo 3 $29.99 View


2011 Adelaida "Viking Estate Vineyard" Adelaida District Cabernet Sauvignon - 1 available Price: Hidden

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2013 Booker "The Ripper" Paso Robles Grenache - 2 available ($139.99)

97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2013 The Ripper (Grenache) is up with some of the greatest expressions of this variety in California. Aged in a combination of concrete and neutral demi-muids, it offers truly spectacular notes of kirsch, black berries, rose petals, licorice and herbes de Provence as well as a full-bodied, rich, voluptuous and unctuously textured feel on the palate. Possessing thrilling purity of fruit, tons of glycerin, superb concentration and a blockbuster finish, drink this hedonistic and sexy Grenache anytime over the coming 7-8 years. (JD)" (08/2015)

93 points Vinous: "Bright violet color. Complex scents of ripe raspberry, anise, potpourri and minerals, with a smoky accent building in the glass. Very sweet and seamless in texture, offering intense red fruit and floral pastille flavors that gain depth and spiciness with air. Finishes very long, with smooth tannins, impressive vivacity and lingering allspice and cinnamon notes. (JR)" (09/2015)

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2005 Copain "Les Copains--James Berry Vineyard" Paso Robles Rhone Blend - 2 available ($49.99)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "His 2005s are all stunning wines, but one of his most intriguing wines, aged completely in 600-liter demi-muids, is the essentially equal-part blend of Mourvedre and Grenache, the 2005 Les Copains James Berry Vineyard. From these limestone soils, this sexy wine boasts terrific blue and black fruits intermixed with some crushed rock and floral notes. The wine has admirable purity and decent acidity in a medium to full-bodied, lush, fruit-driven style with the oak clearly pushed to the background. This is a beauty and a great bistro selection. (RP)" (12/2007)

Wine Spectator: "Tightly wound, with firm mineral, fresh earth, dried currant and blueberry flavors that are focused and persistent, ending with chewy tannins. Grenache, Mourvèdre and Syrah." (02/2008)

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2007 Copain "Les Copains--James Berry Vineyard" Paso Robles Rhone Blend - 4 available ($49.99)

Robert Parker: "It’s hard not to enjoy a visit with Wells Guthrie given his enthusiasm and passion for accessing top-notch vineyards and producing high quality wines. His impressive resume includes positions with Michel Chapoutier and Gerard Chave as well as a short stint as a journalist for The Wine Spectator. Guthrie is one of the Rhone Ranger mavericks who utilizes considerable stems in his winemaking as well as a variety of barrels, ranging from small casks to the large, 600-liter demi-muids. Such Old World winemaking techniques as minimal intervention, natural yeast fermentations, and no fining or filtration has resulted in thrilling wines of undeniable character and personality." (12/2005)

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2004 Copain "Les Copains--James Berry Vineyard" Paso Robles Rhone Blend - 4 available Price: Hidden

2013 Denner Paso Robles Grenache - 1 available ($54.99)

2008 Denner Paso Robles Grenache - 1 available ($39.99)

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2014 Denner Paso Robles Syrah - 3 available ($49.99)

92 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The 2014 Syrah (100% Syrah) is a more classic Paso Syrah with its black and blue fruits, peppery herbs, cedarlike spice and floral aromas and flavors. Ripe, sexy, rounded and undeniably delicious, drink this beauty while you give the other cuvées cellar time." (08/2017)

2014 Denner Paso Robles Zinfandel - 1 available Price: Hidden

2013 Denner Paso Robles Zinfandel - 1 available Price: Hidden

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2012 Justin "Isosceles Reserve" Paso Robles Bordeaux Blend - 3 available ($129.99)

Jeb Dunnuck writes: "One of the original estates to focus on Bordeaux Varieties from Paso Robles, Justin Vineyards pulls from a number of estate vineyards and the wines are made by Fred Holloway and Scott Shirley."

2016 Linne Calodo "Contrarian" Paso Robles White Blend - 2 available ($39.99)

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2009 Linne Calodo "Rising Tides" Paso Robles Rhône Blend - 4 available ($49.99)

92 points Robert Parker: "The 2009 Rising Tides emerges from the glass with layers of dark red fruit, prunes, leather, licorice and spices. It is one of the deeper, more textured wines in this lineup owing to the significant presence of Mourvedre and Syrah. The plushness and darkness of the fruit carries through nicely to the muscular finish. The blend is 40% Mourvedre, 30% Syrah and 30% Grenache. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2017." (08/11) 91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Assertive aromas of red berry preserves, Asian spices and floral oil; smells like there's more grenache in here. Stains the palate with musky red fruit and candied rose flavors, picking up spiciness with air. Very fresh and precise blend with strong finishing cut and an echo of sweet red fruit." (Nov/Dec 11)

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2009 Linne Calodo "Sticks & Stones" Paso Robles Rhône Blend - 1 available ($49.99)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2009 Sticks and Stones is a gorgeous wine laced with fragrant red cherries, plums, flowers, spices and sweet herbs, all of which come together beautifully. Soft and textured throughout, the 2009 Sticks and Stones possesses gorgeous length and an attractive, open-knit personality. Bright red fruit notes reappear on the finish. In 2009 the blend is 64% Grenache, 29% Mourvedre and 7% Syrah. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2017." (08/2011)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright ruby. Hugely aromatic nose displays scents of candied red and dark berries, incense, lavender and Asian spices. Deep and fleshy but energetic, with powerful raspberry and cherry-cola flavors picking up weight with air. Shows excellent clarity on the very long finish, with the spice and cola notes echoing." (10/2011)

91 points Wine Spectator: "Fresh and snappy, with vibrant, spicy dried berry, fresh earth, anise, sage and cedar flavors. Firm and well-structured, with the tannins giving the final flavors excellent traction. Grenache, Mourvèdre and Syrah. Drink now through 2020. 350 cases made." (03/2012)

K&L Notes: From Robert Parker: "Matt Trevisan is one of Paso Robles’ up-and-coming stars. He’s doing everything right, and it’s good to see him planting a new estate vineyard of nearly 18 acres, building a new wine cellar, and taking full advantage of the gorgeous limestone soils on the hillsides of West Paso Robles. Trevisan has also been ahead of the curve in realizing that the finest Paso Robles wines are usually blends. Undeniably, he has demonstrated a Midas touch when it comes to assembling innovative blends. He is also the only winemaker in this region that I know of who is doing terrific work with Zinfandel, using it as the core component in some diverse as well as creative blends. His wines spend time in an assortment of different sized oak barrels, little of it new."

2002 Linne Calodo Paso Robles Syrah - 2 available ($39.99)

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2006 Pharaoh Moans "Westside" Paso Robles Syrah - 6 available ($59.99)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Inky ruby. Explosively perfumed nose offers a sexy bouquet of smoky dark berries, cherry preserves, fruitcake, olive and incense. Fleshy and youthfully bitter, offering deep cassis and dark cherry flavors that are framed by lightly chewy tannins and gain sweetness with air. The spicy notes echo on the sappy, very long finish. This is already delicious but has the concentration to reward patience. (ST)" (12/2008)

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2007 Pharaoh Moans "Westside" Paso Robles Syrah - 6 available Price: Hidden

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2005 Pharaoh Moans "WestSide" Paso Robles Syrah - 6 available ($39.99)

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Inky purple. Seductively perfumed nose offers ripe but well-focused blackberry and creme de cassis scents, along with smoky vanillin oak, Asian spices, fresh flowers and mocha. Pliant dark fruit flavors possess impressive depth and sweetness, with bracing acidity adding energy. Finishes with gentle grip and a lingering smoky, vanillin quality, leaving an impression of controlled ripeness. This wine is made by Stephan Asseo at L'Aventure.(JR)" (11/2007)

Wine Enthusiast: "The name is a play on pheromones. The wine itself is dense and dry. Soft in the manner of Paso Robles, it has a deep core of blackberries, coffee and violets, assisted by oak. The tannins are really hard now, and it's difficult to tell where the wine is going. But it's one to watch." (06/2007)

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2009 Saxum "Bone Rock - James Berry Vineyard" Paso Robles Rhône Blend - 4 available ($109.99)

97 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The 2009 Saxum Bone Rock James Berry Vineyard is a blend of 57% Syrah, 31% Mourvedre, and 12% Grenache that was fermented with partial stem inclusion and aged for close to 30 months in barrel. More round and supple than the James Berry Vineyard, it really shows its Syrah component and delivers gorgeous aromas of black fruits, smoked meat, charcoal, and hints of chocolate on the nose. This is followed by a full-bodied, decadent wine that is brilliantly balanced, has fantastic purity, and a structured finish. It will benefit from short term cellaring and keep for 15+ years. (JebDunnuck.com)" (06/2012)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2009 Bone Rock is a round, enticing red laced with sweet, succulent dark cherries, plums, flowers and spices. It shows remarkable intensity and fabulous balance. Bone Rock is made from the first blocks planted in the James Berry vineyard and is predominantly Syrah, while the James Berry Vineyard (the wine) is Grenache focused. In 2009 the blend was 57% Syrah, 31% Mourvedre and 12% Grenache. The Syrah component was vinified with 100% stems and saw a maceration lasting 50 days. The wine was aged in 60% new oak. Smith bottled the 2009 in May 2011, earlier than the norm (around 30 months), as he wanted to preserve the freshness he had in the tannins. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2021. (AG)" (08/2011)

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2009 Saxum "Bone Rock - James Berry Vineyard" Paso Robles Rhône Blend (1.5L) - 1 available ($229.99)

97 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The 2009 Saxum Bone Rock James Berry Vineyard is a blend of 57% Syrah, 31% Mourvedre, and 12% Grenache that was fermented with partial stem inclusion and aged for close to 30 months in barrel. More round and supple than the James Berry Vineyard, it really shows its Syrah component and delivers gorgeous aromas of black fruits, smoked meat, charcoal, and hints of chocolate on the nose. This is followed by a full-bodied, decadent wine that is brilliantly balanced, has fantastic purity, and a structured finish. It will benefit from short term cellaring and keep for 15+ years." (06/2012)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2009 Bone Rock is a round, enticing red laced with sweet, succulent dark cherries, plums, flowers and spices. It shows remarkable intensity and fabulous balance. Bone Rock is made from the first blocks planted in the James Berry vineyard and is predominantly Syrah, while the James Berry Vineyard (the wine) is Grenache focused. In 2009 the blend was 57% Syrah, 31% Mourvedre and 12% Grenache. The Syrah component was vinified with 100% stems and saw a maceration lasting 50 days. The wine was aged in 60% new oak. Smith bottled the 2009 in May 2011, earlier than the norm (around 30 months), as he wanted to preserve the freshness he had in the tannins. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2021. (AG)" (08/2011)

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2007 Saxum "Bone Rock - James Berry Vineyard" Paso Robles Syrah - 2 available ($249.99)

99 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2007 Bone Rock, which comes from the James Berry Vineyard (82% Syrah, 13% Mourvedre, and the rest Grenache, also aged 28 months in a combination of smaller barrels, demi-muids, and pungeons), is super as well. Like its late-released sibling, it has an inky/purple color to the rim and an extraordinary, soaring set of aromatics consisting of spring flowers, pepper, graphite, blackberry and blueberry fruit with hints of raspberry and licorice and jus de viande as well. The extraordinary freshness and elegance of this wine leads to a minerality that even eclipses the Heart Stone. The finish goes on for a good 45+ seconds, and the purity is awesome. This extraordinary wine completes the 2007 portfolio of unbelievable efforts from the Smiths. (RP)" (08/2010)

98 points Wine Spectator: "At points ultrarich, opulent and elegant, providing a broad range of dark berry, loamy earth, spice and cedar flavors, with touches of black licorice, sage and tobacco. Powerful yet restrained, gaining weight, depth and traction on the finish, where this ends with a peppery minerality that's fascinating. (JL)" (02/2011)

96 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Inky purple. A sexy, intensely perfumed bouquet of blackberry, boysenberry, Moroccan spices and violet, with a seductive incense quality that gains strength with air. Lush and creamy on the palate, offering deep black and blue fruit flavors and exotic floral character. Reaches every corner of the palate and finishes with outstanding clarity and powerful floral nuances. (JR)" (11/2010)

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2008 Saxum "Bone Rock - James Berry Vineyard" Paso Robles Syrah - 1 available ($174.99)

98 points James Suckling: "This is a gorgeous wine with subtle dried meat, minerals and ripe fruit. Full and balanced with fine tannins and a long finish. Very beautiful. Harmonious and layered. Love the finish, with no heat. Just right. Spice and meat hint of wood. Phenomenal." (10/2011)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2008 Bone Rock comes across as quite delicate and perfumed in its expressive bouquet. Hints of smoke, mint and tar add complexity to the dark, black fruit in this beautifully balanced wine. I find a bit more complexity and nuance in the 2008 than in the 2009. I especially like the aromatic lift and freshness here. The 2008 Bone Rock is 83% Syrah (75% whole clusters), 13% Mourvedre and 4% Grenache. The wine spent 30 months in French oak and was bottled in January 2011. Anticipated maturity: 2011-2020. (AG)" (08/2011)

95 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright purple. Amazingly complex bouquet of spice-accented cassis, candied blackberry, fresh violet, cocoa powder and smoky minerals. Densely packed and sweet but also bright and lively, with potent dark berry, floral and licorice candy flavors that become smokier and spicier with air. Fine-grained, supple tannins come on late. This rich but lithe wine shows enormous potential but drinks extremely well now, with some aeration. (JR)" (11/2011)

95 points Wine Spectator: "Tight and muscular, with dense, chewy tar, blackberry, mineral, cedar, sage and roasted herb flavors. Full-blown and intense, yet for all its size and stature, this is very compelling and complete, sure to benefit from cellaring. Syrah (83 percent) with Mourvèdre and Grenache. Drink now through 2024. (JL)" (02/2012)

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2011 Saxum "Bone Rock - James Berry Vineyard" Paso Robles Syrah - 4 available ($159.99)

98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Decidedly cool climate in character, the 2011 James Berry Vineyard Bone Rock comes from steep, terraced plots of old head trained Syrah vines that, in 2011, wasnt harvested until November. Co-fermented with a splash of Roussanne and Mourvedre, its a spectacular effort that makes the most of the cool, long growing season. Its also the most long term prospect in the lineup. Offering up a tight, Cornas-like bouquet of black and blue fruits, white pepper, spring flowers and salty minerality, it is full-bodied, beautifully concentrated and seamless on the palate, with ultra-fine tannin and building richness that only starts to develop with a healthy decant. Its a gorgeous wine, yet needs to be forgotten for at least 4-5 years. It should drink nicely through 2031. (JD)" (08/2014)

97 points Vinous: "The 2011 Bone Rock is the wine where all of the Saxum signatures intersect with the personality of the year to the fullest. A healthy dollop of Roussanne gives the Bone Rock extraordinary aromatic lift and nuance to balance the intense varietal fruit. Layers of dark plums, sage, rose petal, tobacco, new leather and spice blossom in an extraordinary wine of precision, power and depth. Expressive floral notes are woven throughout, adding to the wine's beguiling, complex personality. This is a fabulous showing from Saxum made all the more notable by the challenges of the year. (AG)" (07/2014)

95 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Inky purple. Heady, floral- and spice-accented scents of black and blue fruits, incense and licorice. Stains the palate with intense cassis and blueberry flavors that are lifted by vibrant spice and floral pastille nuances. Becomes sweeter and more energetic with air and finishes with superb clarity and length and smooth, fully absorbed tannins. This is on the short list of the best wines that I tasted from California this year. (JR)" (11/2013)

93 points Wine Spectator: "Classic notes of pepper and wild berry give this sturdy red plenty of backbone and tension. The tannins are more muscular and gripping than in recent vintages, giving the flavors traction and length. Drink now through 2026. (JL)" (02/2014)

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2009 Saxum "Booker Vineyard" Paso Robles Proprietary Red (stained label) - 2 available Price: Hidden

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2009 Booker Vineyard is 70% Syrah and 30% Mourvedre from one of the rockiest, steepest hillsides in Paso Robles. Layers of dark fruit, spices, tar and licorice emerge from the glass in this deep, sensual wine. Booker usually sees the highest percentage of new oak, and elements of spiciness come through on the finish, although some of the oakiness blows off with time in the glass. Booker is another site Smith planted and continues to pull fruit from, in this case three blocks of Syrah and one of Mourvedre. In 2009 there were two lots; the first 100% Syrah vinified with 20-25% stems, the second a Syrah/Mourvedre co-ferment. Both lots were blended for the finished wine. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2021." (08/2011)

95 points Wine Spectator: "A rather muscular 2009, yet for all its firmness and density there's a purity of flavor, focus and persistence, gaining minerality yet driven by the tight boysenberry, blackberry and wild berry fruit. Ends with gripping tannins that make this all the more exciting. Syrah and Mourvèdre. Drink now through 2024. 350 cases made." (02/2012)

94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Opaque purple. Wild, expressive aromas of dark berries, cherry-cola, candied licorice, woodsmoke and Indian spices. Sappy and expansive, with excellent clarity and depth, and a seamless character, to its sweet blackberry and mulberry flavors. Becomes spicier with air and finishes with superb energy and lingering sweetness." (11/2011)

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2008 Saxum "Booker Vineyard" Paso Robles Rhône Blend - 2 available ($189.99)

98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2008 Booker Vineyard (92% Syrah and 8% Mourvedre, which had also been bottled immediately before my visit) has an opaque purple color and a wonderfully sweet nose of black cherry, black currant, licorice, incense, and some Asian spices. The wine has seamless lushness, a voluptuous texture, stunning purity, and a very long, 40-second-plus finish. Booker is another top site that I believe was planted with Justin Smiths help. It is a 40-acre vineyard sitting on similar limestone soils. This incredible wine would probably benefit from a couple of years of cellaring, as the structure is more present, no doubt due to the high level of Syrah in the wine. (RP)" (08/2010)

96 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Showing the wild, brambly dark fruit that is Booker Vineyard, the 2008 Saxum Syrah Booker Vineyard, 92% Syrah and 8% Mourvedre, has a blockbuster nose of jammy blackberry and raspberry fruits, white chocolate, toasted spice, underbrush, and a touch of vanilla. Full bodied and beautifully balanced, even considering its size, it sports a huge texture, solid structure, and a long finish." (11/2010)

96 points Wine Spectator: "Starts out open-knit, rich and fleshy, yet builds intensity. Powerful, yet with a measure of restraint, delivering supple plum, blackberry and wild berry fruit, with touches of mineral and black licorice. This wows you with both gushing fruit and a dancing delicacy of finesse. Ends with chunky fruit flavors. Syrah and Mourvèdre. Best from 2012 through 2024. (JL)" (02/2011)

94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Inky ruby. Raspberry and cherry preserves on the nose, with complicating notes of rose oil, Szechuan peppercorn and allspice. Impressively complex, sappy red berry compote flavors are given grip by a touch of cherry pit and gain sweetness with air. For such a massive wine there's uncanny energy here as well. (JR)" (11/2010)

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2009 Saxum "Booker Vineyard" Paso Robles Rhône Blend - 3 available ($129.99)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2009 Booker Vineyard is 70% Syrah and 30% Mourvedre from one of the rockiest, steepest hillsides in Paso Robles. Layers of dark fruit, spices, tar and licorice emerge from the glass in this deep, sensual wine. Booker usually sees the highest percentage of new oak, and elements of spiciness come through on the finish, although some of the oakiness blows off with time in the glass. Booker is another site Smith planted and continues to pull fruit from, in this case three blocks of Syrah and one of Mourvedre. In 2009 there were two lots; the first 100% Syrah vinified with 20-25% stems, the second a Syrah/Mourvedre co-ferment. Both lots were blended for the finished wine. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2021. 96+ (AG)" (08/2011)

95 points Wine Spectator: "A rather muscular 2009, yet for all its firmness and density there's a purity of flavor, focus and persistence, gaining minerality yet driven by the tight boysenberry, blackberry and wild berry fruit. Ends with gripping tannins that make this all the more exciting. Syrah and Mourvèdre. Drink now through 2024. (JL)" (02/2012)

94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Opaque purple. Wild, expressive aromas of dark berries, cherry-cola, candied licorice, woodsmoke and Indian spices. Sappy and expansive, with excellent clarity and depth, and a seamless character, to its sweet blackberry and mulberry flavors. Becomes spicier with air and finishes with superb energy and lingering sweetness. (JR)" (11/2011)

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2010 Saxum "Booker Vineyard" Paso Robles Rhône Blend - 3 available ($149.99)

98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2010 Syrah Booker Vineyard - a blend of 81% Syrah and 19% Mourvedre - is about as textbook a representation of a Paso Robles Syrah as I can think of. Locked and loaded with notions of ripe black and blue fruits, smoke, bouquet garni, espresso, and licorice, it is unabashedly full-bodied, rich, and yet elegant on the palate. Showing real class, as well as first-rate freshness, superb depth and concentration, and masses of tannin, this blockbuster Syrah needs a solid 3-4 years of bottle age to flesh out, and will keep for 15-20 years or more. A benchmark estate for California, Saxum, under the helm of superstar winemaker Justin Smith, continues to produce some of the most compelling, profound wines on the planet. While Smiths wines are always full-flavored and intense, there has been a stylistic change over recent vintages, with the wines showing more obvious tannin and structure, as well as additional minerality and savory qualities. These 2010s exemplify this change and are all serious, structured efforts that will need bottle age to blossom. (JD)" (07/2014)

95 points Vinous: "A full-throttle Paso Syrah, the 2010 Booker Vineyard explodes onto the palate with an exotic melange of black fruit, smoke, tar and game. The style is decidedly masculine, virile and imposing. There is an immediacy to the Booker that is impossible to miss. At the same time, this is a wine that tells you everything right up front. Might there be something more to discover in this site? The 2010 is 81% Syrah and 19% Mourvèdre, aged in 350 liter barrels, 60-70% new. (AG)" (07/2013)

94 points Wine Spectator: "A sizable wine that's rich, intense and harmonious, with a nuanced mix of extracted blackberry, spice, plum, licorice and cigar box flavors. Best to cellar. (JL)" (03/2013)

94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Inky purple. An explosively perfumed bouquet evokes spicy red and dark berry liqueur, Indian spices, vanilla and floral oils. Spicy black raspberry and cherry-vanilla flavors are complicated by notes of violet pastille and show a plush, seamless texture. Gains weight with air but retains clarity. The spicy note carries through an impressively long, juicy finish, which features ripe, harmonious tannins. (JR)" (11/2012)

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2011 Saxum "Booker Vineyard" Paso Robles Rhône Blend (Previously 140) - 5 available ($109.99)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Beautifully done, and probably the most elegant, seamless version of this cuvee Ive tasted, the 2011 Booker Vineyard offers terrific aromas and flavors of liquid violets, sappy underbrush, smoked, exotic spices and plenty of crushed rock-like minerality that are all carried by layers of sweet cassis and black raspberry. Theres a northern Rhone-like character here, but it hits the palate with full-bodied richness, fantastic mid-palate concentration, and a seamless, layered and multi-dimensional mouthfeel thats hard to resist. Made from 67% Syrah and 33% Mourvedre and aged in 300- and 350-liter hogsheads (and fermented with varying degrees of whole cluster), this beautifully pure, polished and complex effort will benefit from short-term cellaring and have over 15 years of overall longevity. (JD)" (08/2014)

94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Dark purple. Potent aromas of cassis, cherry liqueur, blueberry, Moroccan spices, violet and smoky minerals. Impressively deep but energetic, offering sappy dark fruit flavors laced with notes of mocha, violet, cola, five-spice powder and cracked pepper. Decidedly rich but this comes across as almost elegant, with impressive lift and energy thanks to bright, juicy acidity. The deep, sappy black and blue fruit flavors refuse to let go on the long, spicy finish. (JR)" (11/2013)

94 points Vinous: "Pomegranate, plum, exotic spices, smoke and graphite are some of the many notes that are found in the 2011 Booker Vineyard. An exceptionally beautiful wine, the 2011 possesses remarkable depth and intensity. Expressive floral and citrus overtones develop in the glass, adding considerable brightness and aromatic nuance. Even though the 2011 is gorgeous today, my sense is it is holding back much of its potential. (AG)" (07/2014)

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2007 Saxum "Booker Vineyard" Paso Robles Syrah - 1 available ($219.99)

99 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The inky/purple-hued 2007 Booker Vineyard (95% Syrah and 5% Grenache) boasts a floral-dominated bouquet with camphor, blackberry, roasted meat, and espresso scents in the background. The density, flavor intensity, richness, full-bodied power, elegance, and freshness are all hallmarks of this special vintage in the Central Coast. This wine should drink well for 10-12+ years. (RP)" (08/2009)

97 points Jeb Dunnuck: "An absolute blockbuster, the 2007 Saxum Syrah Booker Vineyard is overflowing with earthy cassis, charred earth, spice, graphite and meaty aromatics. Fantastically rich and deep, the wine displays full bodied power, serious structure and a tannic, very long and chocolatey finish. Not for the faint of heart and this is power house Syrah to drink over the next 15+ years." (11/2009)

95 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Inky purple. Complex aromas of black raspberry, cherry-cola, smoky Indian spices, violet and yellow rose. Pepper and smoke notes build with air and add complexity to the sweet black and blue fruit liqueur flavors, which are framed by velvety tannins. Wonderfully rich yet extremely fresh wine with outstanding finishing clarity and mineral-driven thrust. (JR)" (11/2009)

94 points Wine Spectator: "Deliciously rich and layered, full-bodied and well-structured, with a complex core of blackberry, huckleberry, anise and mineral flavors that take on a tar and graphite edge on the finish, where the tannins give this traction. (JL)" (02/2010)

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2008 Saxum "Broken Stones" Paso Robles Rhône Blend - 3 available ($129.99)

96 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The 2008 Saxum Broken Stones is a full bore Syrah, delivering earthy dark berry fruits, roasted meats, charcoal, and spice box aromas that are lifted and framed by serious underlying minerality and crushed stone notes. Full bodied and powerful on the palate, with a ripe, grippy texture, gorgeous balance despite the overall large scale and a beautifully focused, blockbuster finish, this superb Syrah should benefit from 2 to 3 years of bottle age, and then drink well for 10 to 15." (11/2010)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2008 Broken Stones (79% Syrah, 13% Grenache, and the rest Mourvedre) has a bluish purple color to the rim, with the classic nose of camphor, charcoal, black currant, and blackberry with hints of licorice and smoke. This intense wine displays great fruit, some structure, and a beautifully seamless texture. It is more evolved and open than the 2007 was at the same time, and just slightly less profound. It should drink nicely for at least a decade. (RP)" (09/2010)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Opaque purple. Exotic, floral and spice-accented black and blue fruits on the nose, with hints of fruitcake, vanilla and cola emerging with air. Impressively deep and powerful, offering sweet dark berry preserve and smoky spice flavors and a touch of candied violet. The extremely persistent finish is broad, sweet and penetrating, leaving smoke and spice notes behind. I like this wine's blend of depth and energy. (JR)" (11/2010)

93 points Wine Spectator: "An elegant style, rich without being weighty, serving up a mix of spicy dried berry, tobacco leaf, mineral and graphite. This wows you with its finesse and polish, offering subtle flavors that caress the palate. Syrah, Grenache and Mourvèdre. (JL)" (02/2011)

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2010 Saxum "Broken Stones" Paso Robles Rhône Blend - 4 available ($109.99)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Even more perfumed and up-front aromatically, the 2010 Broken Stones is a brilliant effort. A multi-vineyard blend of 63% Syrah, 19% Mourvedre, 15% Grenache, and 3% Petite Sirah that was aged mostly in new French oak, it offers up a gorgeously pure array of black raspberry, charcoal, licorice, lavender, and assorted floral qualities on the nose. This flows to a full-bodied, deft, and elegant palate that has no hard edges, a weightless feel, and masses of fine, yet firm tannin on the finish. Give bottles another year or three, and then drink over the following 12-15 years. (JD)" (07/2014)

94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "A complex, smoky bouquet evokes red and dark berry liqueur, candied flowers and Asian spices. Supple and juicy on the palate, with zesty acidity giving spine and lift to the powerful black raspberry and mulberry flavors. The smoky note comes back on the strikingly long, mineral-driven finish, which is focused, sweet and extremely long. (JR)" (12/2012)

93 points Vinous: "Savory notes meld into black olives, crushed rocks and graphite as the 2010 Broken Stones opens up in the glass. The 2010 stands out for its length and persistence. I had expected the 2010 to be a little bit more expressive, but post-bottling it remains tightly coiled and reticent. Readers will have to be a bit more patient here. Broken Stones is 63% Syrah, 19% Mourvèdre, 15% Grenache and 3% Petite Sirah. (AG)" (07/2013)

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2011 Saxum "Broken Stones" Paso Robles Rhône Blend (Previously 130) - 10 available ($104.99)

96 points 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, its an elegant version of the cuvee to drink over the coming 15 years or more. (JD)" (08/2014)

95 points Vinous: "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)" (07/2014)

94 points 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)" (11/2013)

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2010 Saxum "Broken Stones" Paso Robles Rhône Blend (1.5L) - 1 available ($239.99)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Even more perfumed and up-front aromatically, the 2010 Broken Stones is a brilliant effort. A multi-vineyard blend of 63% Syrah, 19% Mourvedre, 15% Grenache, and 3% Petite Sirah that was aged mostly in new French oak, it offers up a gorgeously pure array of black raspberry, charcoal, licorice, lavender, and assorted floral qualities on the nose. This flows to a full-bodied, deft, and elegant palate that has no hard edges, a weightless feel, and masses of fine, yet firm tannin on the finish. Give bottles another year or three, and then drink over the following 12-15 years. (JD)" (06/2014)

94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "A complex, smoky bouquet evokes red and dark berry liqueur, candied flowers and Asian spices. Supple and juicy on the palate, with zesty acidity giving spine and lift to the powerful black raspberry and mulberry flavors. The smoky note comes back on the strikingly long, mineral-driven finish, which is focused, sweet and extremely long. (JR)" (12/2012)

93 points Vinous: "Savory notes meld into black olives, crushed rocks and graphite as the 2010 Broken Stones opens up in the glass. The 2010 stands out for its length and persistence. I had expected the 2010 to be a little bit more expressive, but post-bottling it remains tightly coiled and reticent. Readers will have to be a bit more patient here. Broken Stones is 63% Syrah, 19% Mourvèdre, 15% Grenache and 3% Petite Sirah. (AG)" (07/2013)

93 points Wine Spectator: "Deceptively understated, offering a profile of crushed rock and mineral joined by dark berry and spice, with a beefy note on the finish. Firmly tannic. Syrah, Mourvèdre, Grenache and Petite Sirah. Drink now through 2024. (JL)" (03/2013)

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2010 Saxum "Heart Stone Vineyard" Paso Robles Rhône Blend - 3 available ($124.99)

94-97 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Tasted out of barrel and the most elegant and finesse-driven of the lot, the 2010 Saxum Heart Stone Vineyard is a silky, seamless wine that exudes raspberry and blackberry styled fruit, licorice, freshly snipped flowers, and chalk like minerality in both its aromas and flavors. Perfectly balanced and downright elegant, with a seamless texture, fine tannin, and a lengthy finish, this full-bodied beauty will be approachable on release, and drink well for upwards of a decade." (06/2012)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "More dense and rich, the 2010 Heart Stone Vineyard is a co-fermented blend of 51% Syrah and 49% Grenache that comes from a small 7-acre, south-facing vineyard located on the western side of Paso Robles. Aged mostly in large oak puncheons for 20-28 months, it offers up a savory, complex bouquet of kirsch and blackberry-like fruit, meat juice, Provencal herbs, dried licorice, and dusty minerality. Gorgeous on the palate as well, with a deft, elegant texture, building richness, and layers of chewy tannin, this beauty is reasonably approachable now, yet will be even better in 2-3 years. It will drink well for 12-15 years. (JD)" (07/2014)

95 points Vinous: "One of the more open, seductive wines in the range, the 2010 Heart Stone Vineyard comes across perfumed and juicy today, with less of the structure I saw when the wine was in barrel. Heart Stone is 51% Syrah and 49% Grenache, and it is the Grenache that seems to front and center in this tasting. It will be interesting to see how the 2010 develops over the coming years. Will it continue to be Grenache-dominated, or is the wine simply in a phase where the Syrah elements are a bit subdued? Time will tell. (AG)" (07/2013)

94 points Wine Spectator: "Offers a broad range of dense, earth- and mineral-laced cranberry, raspberry and wild berry, touching on berry pie and black licorice. Ends chewy. Syrah and Grenache. Drink now through 2024. (JL)" (03/2013)

94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Inky ruby. Powerful aromas of cherry-cola, blackberry, smoky minerals and violet, with a sexy oak spice nuance in the background. Lush and creamy on the palate, offering sweet, deeply concentrated dark berry flavors and a refreshing jolt of smoky minerals. Finishes bright and delineated, with lingering notes of cinnamon and candied flowers. (JR)" (12/2012)

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2011 Saxum "Heart Stone Vineyard" Paso Robles Rhône Blend - 2 available ($99.99)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2011 Heart Stone Vineyard is a blend of 58% Syrah, 37% Grenache and 5% Mourvedre that was brought up in mostly concrete, with 20% in puncheons. Showing beautifully from barrel, it didnt disappoint from bottle and has a perfumed, elegant feel to its purple fruits, lavender, violets, white pepper and underbrush-like aromas and flavors. The whole cluster inclusion shows here, yet it has fantastic purity, fine tannin and integrated acidity. Give it another year in the cellar and enjoy bottles through 2025. (JD)" (08/2014)

92-94 points Vinous: "The 2011 Heart Stone is delicious. A wine that literally bristles on the palate with energy, the 2011 is fresh, vibrant and beautifully articulated from start to finish. Savory herbs, licorice, mint and smoke are all layered into the vibrant, nuanced finish. The use of 60% stems gives the wine gorgeous aromatic lift and palate presence. This is a fabulous showing from Justin and Heather Smith. The 2011 is 58% Syrah, 37% Grenache and 5% Mourvedre done mostly in concrete (80%) with a dash of French oak. (AG)" (07/2013)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Opaque purple. Highly perfumed aromas of dark fruit preserves, violet, olive tapenade and cracked pepper, with an exotic blood orange nuance emerging with aeration. Weighty but surprisingly lithe on the palate, offering sweet blueberry and mulberry flavors and strong floral and spicecake accents. Closes spicy and long, with supple tannins making a late appearance and adding gentle grip. (JR)" (11/2013)

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2010 Saxum "James Berry Vineyard" Paso Robles Rhône Blend - 7 available ($129.99)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "As it approaches its eighth birthday, the 2010 James Berry Vineyard Proprietary Red is drinking beautifully, wafting from the glass with complex aromas of smoky cassis, incense, burnt sage and dark chocolate. On the palate, the wine is full-bodied, rich and velvety, with an ample core of ripe fruit, fine-grained and resolved tannins and a long, intense finish. The cool season and extended hang time of the 2010 vintage conspired to produce a wine of unusual elegance but no lack of power. (WK)" (05/2018)

96 points Vinous: "Readers will have to be patient with the 2010 James Berry Vineyard. Still reticent and very tightly wound, the 2010 is in no mood to show the full breadth of its personality. There is wonderful purity to the Grenache-inflected red toned fruit, even if the wine remains reticent. All of the energy and tension I found in the wine last year remains present. If anything, the 2010 is even less expressive today than it was a year ago. The James Berry is 52% Grenache (done in concrete), 26% Mourvèdre and 22% Syrah. (AG) 96+" (07/2013)

94 points Wine Spectator: "The intense, vivid blackberry, blueberry, pepper and spice notes are tightly focused and persistent in this red, ending with a long finish and tannins that give the flavors traction. Very pure and rambunctious, and should only get better with time. Grenache, Mourvèdre and Syrah. (JL)" (03/2013)

94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Glass-staining ruby. Ripe blackberry and cherry on the intensely perfumed nose and in the mouth. Dense but surprisingly energetic, offering sweet black raspberry and candied lavender flavors and a hint of cola. Supple tannins give shape to a long, sweet, strikingly lively finish, which echoes the floral note. (JR)" (11/2012)

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2011 Saxum "James Berry Vineyard" Paso Robles Rhône Blend - 8 available ($109.99)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Reminding me of a top 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape (the 2010 Raymond Usseglio Cuvee Imperiale to be exact), the 2011 James Berry Vineyard is a blend of 69% Grenache, 13% Mourvedre, 13% Syrah, 2% Counoise, and a splash of Roussanne, that was aged in a combination of concrete (Grenache) and larger oak puncheons. A fresh, detailed and more elegant example of the cuvee, it offers gorgeous notes of ripe berry fruit, loads of exotic spice, violets, pepper and lavender to go with a full-bodied, beautifully pure and layered profile on the palate. Its no blockbuster, but has loads of energy and tension, as well as class and refinement. Give it 2-3 years in the cellar and enjoy it over the following decade or longer. (JD) 96+" (08/2014)

96 points Vinous: "Dark red plums, exotic spices, crushed flowers, menthol and new leather are some of the nuances that blossom as the 2011 James Berry Vineyard opens up in the glass. The use of 33% whole clusters adds texture and aromatic complexity in a wine that impresses for its purity. Some of the Grenache was done in concrete, which allows the true personality of the fruit to shine. Hints of tar, game and licorice meld into the expressive finish. (AG)" (07/2014)

94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Inky ruby. Sexy, highly perfumed aromas of red fruit liqueur, lavender and Asian spices, with a bright mineral overtone. Rich and fleshy but lively, offering intense raspberry and cherry-cola flavors and exotic star anise and floral pastille accents. Silky tannins sneak in late and add shape to a long, smooth and alluringly sweet finish. The Grenache in this blend was raised in a large concrete vat. (JR)" (12/2013)

93 points Wine Spectator: "Pure, rich and deeply flavored, this muscular effort centers around penetrating blackberry, black licorice, charcoal and loamy earth notes. Ends with rustic, chewy tannins that will need a few years of cellaring to subside. Grenache, Mourvèdre, Syrah, Counoise and Roussanne. Best from 2015 through 2026. (JL)" (02/2014)

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2012 Saxum "James Berry Vineyard" Paso Robles Rhône Blend - 6 available ($129.99)

97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "There are 1,580 cases of the 2012 James Berry Vineyard and it reminds me of the 2009 Janasse Chaupin (which is one of Justins favorite wines). Incorporating more Mourvedre than normal, its made from 43% Grenache, 29% Mourvedre, 18% Syrah and 10% Counoise thats aged in a combination of concrete and barrel. Rock star stuff, with fabulous black raspberry, cassis, spring flowers and charred meat aromas and flavors, this beauty hits the palate with full-bodied richness and depth, yet stays lively, incredibly pure and elegant, with lots of fine tannin emerging on the finish. It will benefit from 2-3 years in the cellar and have 15-20 years of ultimate longevity. (JD) 97+" (08/2014)

94 points Vinous: "The 2012 James Berry Vineyard stands out for its textural finesse, sweetness and overall balance. Sweet spices, red berries and flowers all meld together in a decidedly silky James Berry. The 2012 is 42% Grenache, 29% Mourvèdre, 18% Syrah and 10% Counoise. More expressive today on the palate than in its aromatics, the 2012 remains a baby. (AG) 94+" (07/2014)

92 points Wine Spectator: "Fresh and snappy, with a gritty tannic edge to the currant, raspberry, black licorice and fresh-turned earth notes, lending this a perfumed aroma. Presents a tough-edged tannic side that needs cellaring. Grenache, Mourvèdre, Syrah and Counoise. Best from 2016 through 2028. (JL)" (03/2015)

Jancis Robinson: "Showing lots of concentration with notes of red fruit, spice and forest accents. Nuanced. Grippy, taut tannin with balancing acidity and a persistent finish. Carries alcohol easily. Tightly wound currently, with a lot of promise. There is a lot of tenacity to this wine and it will need to be kept in the cellar for several years before opening but it shows purity and harmony throughout. 17+/20 points (ECB)" (07/2015)

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2010 Saxum "James Berry Vineyard" Paso Robles Rhône Blend (1.5L) - 1 available ($299.99)

97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Sporting a vibrant ruby, semi-opaque color, the 2010 James Berry Vineyard is the most tight, backward version of this cuvee that I can recall. A blend of 52% Grenache, 26% Mourvedre, and 22% Syrah, it has a decidedly savory bouquet of blackberry liqueur, kirsch, violets, bouquet garni, ground pepper, and graphite. Full-bodied and layered on the palate, with brilliant mid-palate concentration, superb freshness, and masses of tannin, this brilliant Rhone blend from Paso Robles will stand toe-to-toe with the best wines out there, but it is not for those seeking instant gratification and will require 4-5 years of bottle age. In 2010, the Grenache component was aged in a combination of concrete tank and oak puncheons, and this shows in both the aromatics and texture, with less obvious sweetness and more freshness. It will evolve gracefully for two decades. (JD)" (07/2014)

96 points Vinous: "Readers will have to be patient with the 2010 James Berry Vineyard. Still reticent and very tightly wound, the 2010 is in no mood to show the full breadth of its personality. There is wonderful purity to the Grenache-inflected red toned fruit, even if the wine remains reticent. All of the energy and tension I found in the wine last year remains present. If anything, the 2010 is even less expressive today than it was a year ago. The James Berry is 52% Grenache (done in concrete), 26% Mourvèdre and 22% Syrah. 96+ points. (AG)" (07/2013)

94 points Wine Spectator: "The intense, vivid blackberry, blueberry, pepper and spice notes are tightly focused and persistent in this red, ending with a long finish and tannins that give the flavors traction. Very pure and rambunctious, and should only get better with time. Grenache, Mourvèdre and Syrah. Best from 2014 through 2026. (JL)" (03/2013)

94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Glass-staining ruby. Ripe blackberry and cherry on the intensely perfumed nose and in the mouth. Dense but surprisingly energetic, offering sweet black raspberry and candied lavender flavors and a hint of cola. Supple tannins give shape to a long, sweet, strikingly lively finish, which echoes the floral note. (JR)" (12/2012)

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2009 Saxum "Paderewski Vineyard" Paso Robles Red Blend - 3 available ($129.99)

97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2009 Paderewski Vineyard is a new bottling from a site Smith developed for Bill and Liz Armstrong, the owners of Epoch. Zinfandel, Syrah, Petit Sirah and Mourvedre are planted in separate plots but co-fermented. Layers of dark fruit meld into flowers, mint, sweet spices, menthol, eucalyptus and plums, with marvelous density and harmony. This shows superb aromatic complexity and tons of nuance to match its absolutely striking personality. It is a dazzling effort, especially for a young vineyard in just its third leaf. The blend was 39% Zinfandel, 38% Syrah, 13% Petite Sirah and 10% Mourvedre. (AG)" (08/2011)

95 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Coming from a vineyard owned by Bill and Liz Armstrong of Epoch Estate, the 2009 Saxum Paderewski Vineyard (39% Zinfandel, 38% Syrah, 12% Petite Sirah, and 10% Mourvedre) is easily the most upfront and approachable of Justins 2009s. Loaded with brambly berry styled fruits, spice, meat juice, and toast on the nose, the wine is full-bodied, gorgeously textured, and loaded with sweet fruit. Its brilliant now, yet theres enough fine tannin and underlying structure here to keep this drinking well for 12-15 years." (06/2012)

94 points Wine Spectator: "Rustic, muscular and dense, with a chewy core of dried berry, roasted herb, hot brick, blackberry and wild berry, with spice and mineral flavors folding in on the finish. (JL)" (02/2012)

93 points James Suckling: "This is full and spicy with blackberry and spices with a chalk and dried fruits. Round and velvety. A little warm but I like the spices. This is wine from a vineyard on Peachy Canyon road. Solid core of fruit here." (10/2011)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Inky purple. Seductively perfumed aromas of dark berry preserves, potpourri, Asian spices, anise and mocha. Broad, sweet and spicy in the mouth, showing outstanding vivacity to its black and blue fruit flavors accented by clove and candied flowers. Finishes spicy and lucid. This is the first release for this bottling. (JR)" (11/2011)

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2010 Saxum "Paderewski Vineyard" Paso Robles Red Blend - 3 available ($99.99)

95 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The 2010 Paderewski Vineyard is a perfumed extrovert that delivers loads of Zin flair, with brambly black and blue fruits, licorice, charred earth, spice-box, and crushed flowers on the nose. Sweetly fruited, seamless, and gorgeously textured, with a powerful, tannic, and heady finish, this hedonistic effort also stays light on the palate and is hard to resist. It too should benefit from short term cellaring, and impress for over a decade." (12/2012)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2010 Paderewski Vineyard is drinking beautifully, revealing an exuberant bouquet of ripe blackberries, summer truffles, raw cocoa and warm spices. On the palate, it's full-bodied, rich and powerful but balanced by juicy acids and framed by fine-grained, chalky tannins. While undeniably ripe and authoritative, the overall impression is very classy and harmonious. It's a blend of 35% Zinfandel, 26% Mourvèdre, 19% Tempranillo, 11% Syrah and 9% Petite Sirah that checks in at 16.1% alcohol. (WK)" (05/2018)

95 points Vinous: "The 2010 Paderewski Vineyard is firing on all cylinders today. The Zinfandel is very much front and center in a big, boisterous wine full of personality. Mocha, chocolate, spice and plum notes caress the palate in a succulent, highly expressive wine to drink now and over the next handful of years. This is without question the biggest and most exuberant of the Saxum wines. Today it is stunning. (AG)" (07/2013)

95 points Wine Spectator: "A powerhouse blend that's focused and balanced, yet loaded with personality and a sense of place. Spicy wild berry and mineral aromas lead to rich, layered flavors of boysenberry, toasted herb and anise wrapped around muscular tannins. (TF)" (03/2013)

94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Opaque purple. An exotically perfumed bouquet displays scents of spice-accented black raspberry, cherry, violet and incense, with a bright mineral quality gaining power with air. Densely packed but impressively vibrant, offering sweet red and dark berry flavors that show iqueur-like depth and intensity. Floral pastille and raspberry notes carry through a long, sappy, seamless finish. (JR)" (11/2012)

Jancis Robinson: "Dusty earth sprinkled over mixed currant, tobacco, and black liquorice herbal, fresh and earthy. Lots of pleasing tension full mid-palate flavour but taut and lengthy structural frame. Offers tenacity with purity, and lots of persistence. Allow it some time in the cellar and air upon opening. 17/20 points (ECB)" (07/2015)

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2011 Saxum "Paderewski Vineyard" Paso Robles Red Blend - 2 available ($119.99)

97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Kicking off the 2011s and about as seductive and sexy as they come in the vintage, the 2011 Paderewski Vineyard is an eclectic blend of 34% Zinfandel, 31% Mourvedre, 16% Tempranillo, 10% Syrah and 9% Petite Sirah that comes from a warmer terroir of chalky, calcareous soils. Full-bodied, seamless and perfectly balanced, it offers brilliant aromas and flavors of black raspberry, rose petal, bramble and violets that are to die for. A big wine to be sure, yet it stays remarkably elegant, poised and fresh on the palate, with no hard edges and an approachable, utterly impossible-to-resist profile that keeps you pouring another glass. Enjoy this gorgeous wine anytime over the coming 10-12 years. (JD)" (08/2014)

94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Inky purple. Powerful, expansive aromas of dark berry compote, cola, dark chocolate and licorice, with a smoky mineral quality adding vivacity. Sappy, deeply pitched blackberry and cassis flavors are sharpened by juicy acidity and gain sweetness with air. Shows outstanding clarity and power on the finish, which features supple tannins and sweet, clinging dark berry preserve and floral pastille notes. (JR)" (11/2013)

94 points Vinous: "One of the more immediate wines in this range of the 2011s, the Paderewski Vineyard, is voluptuous and textured to the core, with huge dark red/black fruit, spice and leather notes. The Paderewski is dense and powerful, with plenty of immediacy but a touch less overall complexity than some of the other wines in the range. Still, the marriage of varieties in this Zinfandel-based red is terrific. (AG)" (07/2014)

92 points Wine Spectator: "A bruiser, muscular and ripe, with floral boysenberry and chunky chocolate aromas that lead to rich huckleberry flavors, accented by notes of licorice and smoky, savory herb. Shows a touch of heat on the finish. Zinfandel, Mourvèdre, Tempranillo, Syrah and Petite Sirah. Best from 2015 through 2021. (TF)" (02/2014)

K&L Notes: The 2011 Paderewski is a blend of 34% Zinfandel, 31% Mourvèdre, 16% Tempranillo, 10% Syrah and 9% Petite Sirah.

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2012 Saxum "Paderewski Vineyard" Paso Robles Red Blend - 2 available ($109.99)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Surprisingly tannic and structured for a wine thats normally the most approachable and sexy, the 2012 Paderewski Vineyard checks in as a blend of 45% Zinfandel, 36% Mourvedre, 12% Tempranillo and 7% Petite Sirah. It possesses the classic chalky minerality of the vineyard to go with exotic perfumed notes of black raspberry, plums, brambly underbrush and assorted background meatiness. This all flows to a full-bodied, elegant and polished wine that has solid mid-palate depth and chewy, firm tannin on the finish. Give this a year or more in the cellar and enjoy bottles through 2024. (JD) 96+" (08/2014)

93 points Wine Spectator: "Bold and richly structured, this wine shows plenty of personality. Huckleberry, smoky mocha and herb aromas lead to deep, ripe flavors of savory plum, black licorice and mineral. The tannins build power on the finish. Zinfandel, Mourvèdre, Tempranillo and Petite Sirah. Drink now through 2023. 454 cases made. (TF)" (04/2015)

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2014 Saxum "Paderewski Vineyard" Paso Robles Red Blend - 4 available ($129.99)

98 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Checking in as a final blend of 30% Mourvèdre, 22% Zinfandel, 13% Syrah, 13% Tempranillo and the balance Grenache and Petite Sirah, the 2014 Paderewski Vineyard is as voluptuous and decadent as it gets. Plum sauce, exotic spices, white pepper, candy corn and spring flowers, it hits the palate with a broad, expansive, sexy style, ripe tannin, no weight and a blockbuster finish. Its so well balanced and seamless, it can come across as a touch easy, yet it has terrific complexity, good mid-palate density and a great, great finish. This is what great wine is all about. Drink it anytime over the coming decade. (JebDunnuck.com)" (08/2017)

95 points Wine Spectator: "Distinctive and loaded with personality, offering blackberry, smoky beef, licorice and pepper flavors that take on richness and polish toward the long finish. (TF)" (01/2018)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A 30% Mourvèdre, 22% Zinfandel, 13% Syrah, 10% Petite Sirah, 13% Tempranillo and 12% Grenache blend, the 2014 Paderewski Vineyard has a deep garnet-purple color and nose of warm mulberries, blueberry compote and preserved plums with touches of Chinese five spice, licorice, black pepper and underbrush. The full-bodied palate has a solid frame of chewy tannins and just enough freshness supporting the earthy, tightly knit flavors, finishing on a peppery note. (LPB)" (09/2017)

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2010 Saxum "Terry Hoage Vineyard" Paso Robles Rhône Blend - 4 available ($109.99)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2010 Terry Hoage Vineyard is a blend of 46% Syrah, 33% Grenache, and 21% Mourvedre that comes from Jennifer and Terry Hoages west side Paso vineyard. Less gamey than when tasted from barrel, it offers up a pure, beautifully fresh bouquet of red and black fruits, spring flowers, ground pepper, leather, and wet stone-like minerality that flows to a rich, fabulously concentrated, and textured palate. Showing the savory, mineral characteristics of the vintage, as well as noticeable underlying tannin, this gorgeous effort needs short-term cellaring, and will thrill for over a decade. 95+ (JD)" (07/2014)

95 points Vinous: "Saxum's 2010 Terry Hoage, here in its first vintage, has developed beautifully in bottle. Today, the Grenache aromatics are incredibly resonant as the Hoage shows off a floral dimension that was not at all apparent when the wines was first bottled. Finely-knit and super-refined on the palate, the 2010 is hugely appealing. What a gorgeous wine this has turned out to be. I can't wait to see what Justin Smith does with this fruit as the vines get older. This first effort is promising, to say the least. The blend is 46% Syrah, 33% Grenache and 21% Mourvèdre. (AG)" (07/2013)

93 points Wine Spectator: "Intense and detailed, exhibiting a crushed rock backbone and tannic structure, with dark berry, licorice and floral scents. This is very tightly wound and sure to benefit from cellaring. Syrah, Grenache and Mourvèdre. Drink now through 2022. (JL)" (03/2013)

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2011 Saxum "Terry Hoage" Paso Robles Rhône Blend - 1 available ($109.99)

95 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)" (08/2014)

95 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)" (07/2014)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "(51% grenache and 49% syrah; 15.3% alcohol): 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)" (11/2013)

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)" (02/2014)

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2012 Saxum "Terry Hoage" Paso Robles Rhône Blend - 5 available ($124.99)

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, its the most ready-to-go in the lineup, yet will still have 10-12 years of longevity. (JD)" (08/2014)

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+ (AG)" (07/2014)

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)" (03/2015)

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2013 Tablas Creek Adelaida District Syrah Price: Hidden

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "One of the standouts in the single variety blends was the 2013 Syrah which saw 19 months in 2-year-old foudre. It's a beautiful and classic Syrah that has an inky purple color, lots of black fruits, peppery herbs and smoked earth aromas and flavors plus medium to full-bodied richness on the palate. Showing the standard freshness and purity of the estate, it will impress for upward of a decade.I had a terrific visit with Jason Haas and Neil Collins at Tablas Creek, and while I think their 2012s are a step back, the 2013s are superb, and the 2014s look even better. In addition, I was able to do a full 2005 retrospective, but will publish that as a stand-alone report at a later date. (JD)" (08/2015)

91 points Vinous: "Bright violet color. A wild, highly perfumed bouquet evokes dark berries, cola, olive paste and floral oils, with a subtle mineral nuance in the background. Smoky and seamless on the palate, offering juicy black raspberry and cassis flavors that open quickly with aeration. Finishes smooth, sweet and long, with a recurring floral note, gentle tannins and building spiciness.I tasted through this year's new and upcoming releases with long-time winemaker and vineyard manager Neil Collins and assistant winemaker Chelsea Franchi, who has been at Tablas Creek since graduating from Cal Poly in 2008. Franchi has become more deeply involved in the winemaking here in recent years, a time when, as Collins said, "the vines are really coming into maturity and showing what the vineyards can deliver." There's a serious dedication to bush vine-planting (en gobelet) and dry farming at the estate, a process that requires considerable extra labor and raises the risk of decreased yields, but which most winemakers, including Collins, Franchi and the Haas and Perrin families, are convinced allows for maximum site expression and wine concentration.The Tablas Creek wines have an admirable track record for rewarding cellaring, all the way down to the entry-level bottlings, so readers are well-advised to stash a few bottles away, assuming they have patience and storage space. (JR)" (06/2015)

90 points Connoisseurs Guide: "*One Star* Very keenly focused blackberry aromas add suggestions of dried currants for extra breadth and back everything up with notions of dark soils and briary spice. Its flavors come with the same blend of ripe fruit and early complexity supported by a veneer of tannic solidity that, together with the confident fruit at its heart, insures that the wine will age well over the next four to six years or so, and may last longer yet." (03/2016)

2014 Terry Hoage "The Hedge Reserve" Paso Robles Syrah - 1 available ($49.99)

2013 Terry Hoage "Skins" Paso Robles Grenache - 1 available ($49.99)

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2002 Turley "Dusi" Paso Robles Zinfandel - 3 available ($44.99)

90-93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A new offering, the 2002 Zinfandel Dante Dusi Vineyard is a 650-case cuvee tipping the scales at 16.5% alcohol. This Amarone-styled, deep ruby/purple-colored Zinfandel reveals dark earthy fruits along with hints of figs, raisins, plums, and prunes, abundant sweetness from high glycerin, excellent density, and tremendous purity for such a dry table wine. (RP)" (12/2003)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright, deep red. Explosive aromas of black cherry, plum and licorice, with liqueur-like ripeness. Sweet, thick and velvety, with an impressive core of raspberry fruit. Very large-scaled, concentrated Zinfandel with a distinctly syrupy ripeness but firm supporting acidity. (ST)" (06/2004)

K&L Notes: Turley Wine Cellars makes thirty-four wines, the vast majority of which are single vineyard designate Zinfandels and Petite Syrahs. By focusing on old vine vineyards in particular, Turley aims to both create and preserve California’s unique winemaking culture. All of the vineyards are either certified organic by California Certified Organic Farmers or somewhere in the process, and they use all natural yeasts in the fermentations.

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2001 Turley "Pesenti" Paso Robles Zinfandel - 2 available ($49.99)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "I believe the 2001 Zinfandel Pesenti Vineyard is the first vintage where Larry Turley and winemaker Ehren Jordan controlled everything from viticulture to winemaking. Made from extremely old vines, it is a deep ruby-colored Zinfandel boasting a big, briery, sweet bouquet, considerable glycerin and flesh (15.5% alcohol), and a southern Rhone-like pepper, garrigue, and spice component. Fleshy, full-bodied, and hedonistic... (RP)" (10/2003)

K&L Notes: Turley Wine Cellars makes thirty-four wines, the vast majority of which are single vineyard designate Zinfandels and Petite Syrahs. By focusing on old vine vineyards in particular, Turley aims to both create and preserve California’s unique winemaking culture. All of the vineyards are either certified organic by California Certified Organic Farmers or somewhere in the process, and they use all natural yeasts in the fermentations.

2009 Wind Gap "Luna Matta Vineyard" Paso Robles Nebbiolo - 3 available ($29.99)