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2013 Saxum - Heart Stone Vineyard

UNITED STATES / CALIFORNIA / SAN LUIS OBISPO
abv 15.7%
  • 95 WA
  • 92 WS
  • Variety
    Rhone Blend
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SKU: 120927-2013
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 95

    Checking in as a final blend of 54% Syrah, 35% Grenache and 11% Mourvedre, the 2013 Heart Stone Vineyard shows the class and purity of the vintage in its complex, floral-laced aromas of dark fruits, spice and minerality. Full-bodied, seamless and silky, with no hard edges and terrific purity, it's another 2013 from Smith that will open up with another year in bottle.
    Author: Jeb Dunnuck
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 92

    Distinctive and densely constructed, with aromas of blackberry, black tea and olive leading to tightly focused, personality-filled flavors of wild berry, licorice and smoky peppered sage. Offers a firm, loamy structure and a tannic frame on the finish. Syrah, Grenache and Mourvedre. Best from 2018 through 2027. 650 cases made.
    Author: Tim Fish
  • Rating: 94

    Inky purple. Potent smoke- and spice-accented aromas of fresh black and blue fruits, licorice and violet. Sweet and expansive on the palate, offering intense boysenberry and cassis flavors plus suggestions of star anise and allspice. The smoky quality repeats strongly on a long, sweet finish that's framed by even tannins. - Josh Raynolds
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  • 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.

    California is the heartland of wine production in the US, and the state that brought prestige to American wine thanks to the pioneers who built early wineries like Staglin, Beringer, Ridge, Mayacamas and Chateau Montelena in the 1800s. Its large geographic area ensures a great diversity in growing sites, varieties grown, and quality levels. Generalizations about the state's wines have numerous exceptions; however, a few key facts generally hold true—ample sunshine, dry weather during the growing season, and moderate winters prevail. Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon continue to dominate the state's production—albeit in continually smaller percentages, as growers continue to diversify. More than 100 different varieties can be found throughout the state.

    Collector Data For This Wine

    • 167 bottles owned
    • 54 collectors