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2016 Saxum "Terry Hoage" Paso Robles Rhône Blend

SKU #1399740 97 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark The 2016 Terry Hoage Vineyard comes from Jennifer and Terry Hoage's Vineyard (of TH Estate) and is 43% each of Grenache and Syrah, with the balance Mourvèdre. This purple-hued beauty boasts a rocking bouquet of crème de cassis, smoked plums, charcoal, and damp earth, with more violets and floral notes developing with time in the glass. While a big wine, it just glides across the palate and is straight up seamless, silky, and elegant, with a weightless texture, full body, sweet tannins, and a great finish. Like the 2016s from Smith, it has ample underlying structure and density, yet the wine is so perfectly balanced it's hard to even notice. Drink this brilliant wine any time over the coming 10-15 years. Inner quote mark (11/2018)

96 points Vinous

Outer quote mark Deep lurid ruby. Powerful, mineral-accented blackberry and cherry aromas are complemented by suggestions of incense, licorice and pungent flowers. Supple, sweet and impressively concentrated, offering intense dark berry, cherry liqueur and lavender pastille flavors braced by a spine of juicy acidity and sharpened by a jolt of spicy white pepper. Plush yet surprisingly lively. Finishes on a suave floral note, showing outstanding clarity and velvety tannins that come on slowly. (JR) Inner quote mark (9/2018)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark 2018 will be the last vintage of the Terry Hoage Vineyard, as it was ripped out due to red blotch. This 2016 Terry Hoage Vineyard is made up of 43% Grenache, 43% Syrah and 14% Mataro. It was made with 21% whole cluster and aged 19 months in 77% foudres and 23% new oak. Medium ruby colored, it's scented of red and black cherries, raspberries and wild blackberries with nuances of pink peppercorn, underbrush and autumn leaves. (EB) Inner quote mark (2/2020)

92 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Deeply structured, with a simmering potency, this red offers blackberry and blueberry flavors, accented by stony minerality and smoked pepper and licorice notes, building tension toward big but refined tannins. Syrah, Grenache and Mataro. Best from 2021 through 2029. (TF, Web-2020) Inner quote mark

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