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2017 Saxum "Broken Stones" Paso Robles Rhône Blend

SKU #1446563 97 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark The 2017 Broken Stones is another full-bodied effort, yet it has a wonderful sense of elegance and purity as well as complexity. Deep purple-hued with rocking chalky minerality as well as notes of black raspberries, blood orange, incense, and flowers, it hits the palate with sweet tannins, no hard edges, a stunning texture, and a great finish. Inner quote mark (10/2019)

94-96 points Vinous

Outer quote mark Glistening purple. Highly perfumed aromas of ripe dark fruit, spicecake, incense and candied flowers are given vivacity by a building, smoky mineral element. Sappy, palate-staining black and blue fruit, star anise and candied violet flavors become fleshier with air and show superb delineation. Suave, seamless and penetrating, finishing with outstanding, minerally thrust and even, slow-building tannins that are quickly absorbed by the wine's intense fruit. (JR) Inner quote mark (2/2020)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 2017 Broken Stones is made up of 66% Syrah, 16% Grenache, 14% Petite Sirah and 4% Mataro. It was made with 22% whole cluster and aged 19 months in various vessels including 84% new oak and 11% amphorae. Medium to deep ruby, it's scented of dried cranberries and sour cherries, blackberries, redcurrant, mint and bitter chocolate with touches of garrigue, dried thyme and warm earth with a meaty undertone. Slow to unfurl, the medium to full-bodied palate has nuanced spiciness with a firm, gently chewy tannins and surprising freshness to lift the long finish. (EB) Inner quote mark (2/2020)

K&L Notes

"Saxum’s Justin Smith has hit a home run with these recent vintages, and his 2015s, 2016s, 2017s, and 2018s all have singular styles, with the quality remaining sky-high. The 2018s show the slightly more pure, fresh, yet concentrated style of the vintage nicely. While not yet bottled, these will offer pleasure in their youth as well as benefit from short term cellaring. The 2017s are more pretty, perfumed wines that don’t quite have the density of the 2016s yet certainly don’t lack for fruit. Most are already drinking nicely today, yet as with all great wines, they’re going to evolve gracefully. Lastly, the 2016s are some of the greatest wines I’ve tasted from this estate, and they offer massive, layered, yet impeccably balanced profiles that are a joy to drink today; they’ll also be a joy to drink in 10-15 years as well. As I’ve written more than once, there are few mailing lists worth being one, but without a doubt, this is one of them." - Jeb Dunnuck

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