2005 Saxum - Heart Stone Vineyard 750ml

USA - California - San Luis Obispo - Paso Robles/ Red / Rhone Blend
2005 Saxum - Heart Stone Vineyard
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International Wine Cellar | 92

($55; 49% syrah, 33% grenache and 18% mourvedre) Deep ruby. Room-filling bouquet of red and black fruits, Asian spices, fresh violet and lavender and suave vanillin oak. Vibrant, palate-staining raspberry and blackberry flavors deliver sweet depth, with zesty minerality adding energy. Silky tannins slowly build on the long, spicy finish. Seamless and elegant; this is more open than the Broken Stones today.

Author: Josh Raynolds
Issue: Issue 135

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Wine Advocate | 94

The northern Rhone-like 2005 Heart Stone Vineyard is a blend of 44% Syrah, 33% Grenache, and 23% Mourvedre. A meaty nose with roasted Provencal herbs, cassis, blackberry, licorice, and smoke emerges from this Hermitage-styled effort. Structured and firm, it will benefit from 1-2 years of bottle age, and should evolve effortlessly for a decade or more. The bottled 2005s are all performing well.

Drink Dates: 2009-2019
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 177

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Wine Spectator | 90

Offers subtlety and finesse. A charming style, with rich layers of dried currant, sage, fresh earth, mineral and light cedary oak. Holds its focus and ends with a complex aftertaste. Syrah, Grenache and Mourvedre. 500 cases made.

Drink Dates: 2008-2011
Author: James Laube


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Score: 96
Author: G
Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 06/16/2014
Score: 95
Author: Michael C
Tasted On: 02/06/2013
Excellent , big wine. Fruity on the nose. On the palate still very fruity, deep, fresh, elegant, robust and chewy. Waves after waves of fruity big juice keeps coming in the mouth. Medium finish. Enjoyed it throughout.
Score: 95
Author: Patrick
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 10/28/2010
Drink Dates: 2010-2014
Complex, layers of flavors. Plum and dark fruits transition to cocoa finishing with spice. Balanced and holds the 15.7% alcohol well. Great.
Score: 93
Author: Johnnymd
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 03/03/2010
More Vintages and Sizes of Saxum - Heart Stone Vineyard:

2010 (750ml)
2006 (750ml)

About This Producer


Saxum Vineyards is focused on producing Syrah, Grenache, and Mourvedre-based blends from the Templeton Gap of Paso Robles, California. They let their rocky calcareous soils, steep hillsides, and cooling ocean breezes speak through their wines by keeping yields extremely low, picking fruit at the peak of ripeness, and using a minimalist approach in the cellar. Production is kept at a total of 2200-2800 cases per year divided between 6 different cuvees: Broken Stones, Heart Stone Vineyard, James Berry Vineyard, Booker Vineyards, Rocket Block and Bone Rock.

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