Saxum Broken Stones 2017
|Region||California, Central Coast, Paso Robles|
The 2017 Broken Stones is another full-bodied effort, yet it has a wonderful sense of elegance and purity as well as complexity. Deep purple-hued with rocking chalky minerality as well as notes of black raspberries, blood orange, incense, and flowers, it hits the palate with sweet tannins, no hard edges, a stunning texture, and a great finish.
Glistening purple. Highly perfumed aromas of ripe dark fruit, spicecake, incense and candied flowers are given vivacity by a building, smoky mineral element. Sappy, palate-staining black and blue fruit, star anise and candied violet flavors become fleshier with air and show superb delineation. Suave, seamless and penetrating, finishing with outstanding, minerally thrust and even, slow-building tannins that are quickly absorbed by the wine's intense fruit.
The 2017 Broken Stones is made up of 66% Syrah, 16% Grenache, 14% Petite Sirah and 4% Mataro. It was made with 22% whole cluster and aged 19 months in various vessels including 84% new oak and 11% amphorae. Medium to deep ruby, it's scented of dried cranberries and sour cherries, blackberries, redcurrant, mint and bitter chocolate with touches of garrigue, dried thyme and warm earth with a meaty undertone. Slow to unfurl, the medium to full-bodied palate has nuanced spiciness with a firm, gently chewy tannins and surprising freshness to lift the long finish. 1,212 cases produced.
Multilayered and compelling, with expressive blueberry, orange peel and smoky meat flavors, accented by crushed stone notes and building tension toward fine-grained tannins. Syrah, Grenache, Petite Sirah and Mataro. Drink now through 2030. 1,210 cases made.