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Saxum Red Rhone Blend Paso Robles 44 Month Barrel Age James Berry Vineyard 2008

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Deep, introverted, more on the black side of things, licorice, berries, blood sausage, bacon fat, smoked brisket, bay leaves. Plenty of weight on the palate, great concentration, and a long complex finish. Reminds me of a cross between the ʻ06 Stones and the ʻ07 Stones, with a side of funk. It will definitely benefit from a couple years of bottle age and will last a long, long time. Aged mainly in new French Burgundy barrels, never racked except at bottling. Bottled after 19 months unfined and unfiltered.

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Saxum Vineyards:
Saxum Vineyards is a boutique winery overseen by winemakers Heather and Justin Smith in the Temple Gap area of Paso Robles, California. The winery focuses on red wines using the Rhone varietal stalwarts Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvedre. Production is kept to the minimal output of under 3000 cases per year, with low yields divided between the Broken Stones, Heart Stone, James Berry, Booker, Rock... Read more
Saxum Vineyards is a boutique winery overseen by winemakers Heather and Justin Smith in the Temple Gap area of Paso Robles, California. The winery focuses on red wines using the Rhone varietal stalwarts Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvedre. Production is kept to the minimal output of under 3000 cases per year, with low yields divided between the Broken Stones, Heart Stone, James Berry, Booker, Rocket Block, and Bone Rock vineyards. The soils in the growing areas are mainly calcareous, providing incentive for roots to dig deep for natural moisture, with elevated locations that ensure balanced grape ripeness. The wines are handmade, organic, and sustainable, free of added chemicals or vineyard pesticides.  Read less

Deep, introverted, more on the black side of things, licorice, berries, blood sausage, bacon fat, smoked brisket, bay leaves. Plenty of weight on the palate, great concentration, and a long complex finish. Reminds me of a cross between the ʻ06 Stones and the ʻ07 Stones, with a side of funk. It will definitely benefit from a couple years of bottle age and will last a long, long time. Aged mainly in new French Burgundy barrels, never racked except at bottling. Bottled after 19 months unfined and unfiltered.

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