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Date Printed: 4/19/2014
Saxum Heart Stone Vineyard 2008
Saxum Heart Stone Vineyard 2008
(search item no. 110606)
collectible wine
boutique wine

Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 4/19/2014: $149.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
2011 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 94 points
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2010 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 95 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 97 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The Heart Stone Vineyard is a small 7 acre vineyard planted on a gentle South slope of limestone and shale. With 8 different clones of Syrah, 4 of Grenache and 1 Mourvedre, we aim to produce a wine that is both compelling and complex. We typically co-ferment all the varieties together with a high proportion of whole clusters, producing a tannic and spicy wine that has great purity and complexity. We age this wine with very little new oak in mostly larger puncheons for 20-28 months. Like all our wines, they are never racked off their lees and are bottled unfined and unfiltered.
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About Saxum:

Saxum Vineyards is focused on producing Syrah, Grenache, and Mourvedre based blends from the Templeton Gap of Paso Robles, California. We let our rocky calcareous soils, steep hillsides, and cooling ocean breezes speak through our wines by keeping our 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.