2011 Saxum "Heart Stone Vineyard" Paso Robles Rhône Blend

SKU #1153175 93-95 points Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark 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 didn’t 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. (JD) Inner quote mark (8/2014)

93-95 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 2011 Heart Stone Vineyard comes across as a bit more ethereal than some of the other 2011s here, but there is plenty of understated depth and resonance to be found in the dark cherries, sweet herbs, flowers and spices. The 2011 is 41% Syrah, 39% Grenache and 20% Mourvèdre. The use of 60% whole clusters gives the 2011 much of its aromatic lift. This is very, very beautiful. The 2011 was all done in concrete. (AG) Inner quote mark (8/2012)

Jancis Robinson

Outer quote mark Taut, tightly wound aromatics. Full yet focused mouthfeel and ease and nuance. Notes of violet, earth and spice on dark wild berry. Rust, saline, and reductive accents throughout. Persistent, grippy tannin, balancing acidity and lots of length. Give it a lot of air upon opening. The character of this wine is a sort of conundrum – it offers what can only be described as an easy tenacity. It will take time in bottle to open up, but there is great harmony and purity throughout. Nicely done. 17+/20 points (ECB) Inner quote mark (11/2015)

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