2004 Saxum "Heart Stone Vineyard" Paso Robles Rhône Blend

SKU #1087735 92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The dark ruby-hued 2004 Heart Stone Vineyard (a 200-case blend of 60% Syrah, 30% Mourvedre, and 10% Grenache) boasts a stunning perfume of flowers, blueberries, and briery, wild berry fruit. The distinctive aromatics are followed by a wine with soft tannins, medium to full body, and well-integrated acidity, tannin, and wood. (RP)  (8/2006)

90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Medium ruby. Expressive aromas of licorice, smoked meat, spicecake, tree bark and tar, with plenty of dark fruits in the background. Then sweet, creamy and expansive, with juicy dark berry flavors nicely framed by peppery spices and ripe acidity. The long finish features sweet, dusty tannins and lingering blackberry and boysenberry fruit.  (10/2006)

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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.