2005 Saxum - Broken Stones 750ml

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WA 94   IWC 91(+?)   Collector 94
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Professional Reviews For This Wine


Wine Advocate | Rating: 94

The 2005 Broken Stones, a blend of 74% Syrah, 24% Grenache, and the rest Mourvedre, is a beauty. Notes of licorice, forest floor, pepper, spice box, and loads of black and red fruits jump from the glass as well as saturate the palate. This full-bodied, opulent wine has crisp acidity, some heady alcohol, and loads of flavor, depth, and richness. It is a savory wine to drink now and over the next 7-10 years.

Drink Dates: 2007-2017
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 172

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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 91(+?)

($45; 74% syrah, 24% grenache and 2% mourvedre) Ruby-red. Spicy boysenberry and kirsch on the nose, with subtle baking spice and musky underbrush adding complexity. Fleshy red and dark berry flavors are plump and sweet but reined in by zesty acidity, which enlivens the long, juicy finish. The spice notes linger impressively and contribute an impression of vivacity. But this needs some time in bottle.

Author: Josh Raynolds
Issue: Issue 135

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Collector Reviews For This Wine


Rating: 95
Author: Anonymous Author
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 01/12/2014
Drink Dates: 2008-2020
Blue, red fruits jump from the glass. Wafting aromas of mild flowers, licorice and damp forest floor. Very long and smooth. A beautiful Syrah blend

Rating: 94
Author: Seaway J
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 01/27/2013
trade mark mineral finish for Saxum, wine of the night amongst some Paso Robles heavy hitters

Rating: 94
Author: Michael C
Trust Rating: 100
Tasted On: 01/26/2013
Excellent aromatic fruits on the nose. Good texture but not as smooth on the finish as I was expecting. Or at least not as smooth as the other saxum I have tried. Still a very good GSM blend.

Rating: 94
Author: Hal1
Trust Rating: 95
Tasted On: 05/23/2015

Rating: 94
Author: Charley
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 12/25/2010
Drink Dates:
Strongest Saxum I can remember for some time as I have been mostly trying to work through the 02 and before. While I liked them, clearly Justin had refined his wine making as he came in to the 05 vintage and had started making some great juice. This was terrific, perhaps a little big for the meal (roast beef), but everyone at the table said we should have changed the food, not the wine... Big, bold and full of depth. A real winner.

Average rating: 93, based on 7 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

1332 bottles owned by 418 collectors.

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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.

Wine Varietal: Rhone Blend


"Rhone blends" are typically red wines comprised of Syrah, Grenache, and Mourvedre in varying proportions. However, the red blends may also include any of the traditional varieties grown in the Rhone Valley such as the 14 allowed in the Chateauneuf-du-Pape appellation. There are also Rhone blend roses which use the same varieties as their red counterparts. White Rhone blends are typically some combination of Marsanne, Roussanne, Viognier, Grenache blanc, and lesser varieties.

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