Saxum Broken Stones 2019
Our Broken Stones cuvee is Syrah based, with a large portion of Petite Sirah and Grenache and a splash of Mataro. It is full-bodied, rich, and intense, but also reveals great purity, focus and complexity.
Flaschengröße (Liter): 0,75
Vineyard(s)/Apellation: Kalifornien, Paso Robles AVA
The Broken Stones is a multi-vineyard blend, utilizing all the vineyards that we source from.
Winemaking: Our wines are never racked off their lees and are bottled unfined and unfiltered.
Rebsorten: 60% Syrah, 20% Graciano, 11% Mataro, 7% Grenache, 2% Carignan
Barrique: aged18-20 months in mainly new, French barriques
Alkohol % vol.: 15,5
Allergene: Enthält Sulfite
NOTES FROM JUSTIN: I am really excited to get this wine into your glasses. It's my favorite Broken Stones yet. It embodies what makes the 19s so awesome. The perfect balance of spice (black pepper) and fruit (blackberry and blueberry) with long lush tannins and a great loooooong finish. Drink it now, drink it next year, drink it 20 years from now. It's going to be tasty whenever you pop the cork. Crowd pleaser and so much more. It delivers.
We have finally bottled up some of our amazing 2019s. I say finally because this year it was quite an ordeal to import the glass from Italy due to ports that are completely jammed up. After waiting a few extra weeks we received our fancy new embossed bottles. They look pretty sweet, if I do say so myself, but worth the hassle? Yes it was. They are SEXY. Speaking of sexy, have we talked about the 2019s yet? This vintage has really taken me by surprise. I admit that early on I was not overly excited by the 19s. I thought they were over shadowed by the showy, dark, intense 2018s. But these 19s are like a slow burn that just keeps building and building. Every time I tasted them as they aged in barrel they have become better and better. At this point I would rank this vintage right up there in the top 3 vintages. What I love about them is that they have a bit of everything. Spice? Check! Rich fruit? Check! Smooth, mouth coating tannins? Check, check and check! Not only does this vintage have a lot going on, it is also approachable in its youth. Like the 2017s were/are. Here's the 19s.... approachable tannins like the 17s, spice like the 11s, intensity like the 07s and 09s, and beautiful aromatics like the 15s. Best of all the worlds? Maybe!?!
Abfüller: Saxum Vineyards, 2810 Willow Creek Rd, Paso Robles CA 93446, USA
Importeur und Verantwortlicher Lebensmittelunternehmer: Apell Weine, Martin Apell, Ahnatalstraße 125, 34128 Kassel, Deutschland
Josh Raynolds, Vinous, July 2022:
"Rating: 97 Drink: 2026-2036 Glass-staining ruby. Lush and expansive on the deeply perfumed nose, displaying intense black and blue fruit, incense, cola, Moroccan spice and violet oil scents and a smoky mineral flourish. Broad, weighty and alluringly sweet, offering palate- coating blueberry, cassis, cherry-vanilla and fruitcake flavors sharpened by a spicy suggestion of cracked pepper. Finishes 1 SAXUM BROKEN STONES extremely long and spicy, with a repeating blue fruit note and rounded tannins adding shape and subtle closing grip. At the risk of sounding like a skipping record, Justin Smith has, again, produced the strongest set of releases this year from Paso Robles. Yes, there’s plenty of competition out there, and the numbers grow every year, but the Saxum 2019s sit at the top of the vintage hierarchy yet again. Smith is constantly refining his winemaking techniques, with particular focus on how the wines are raised in his hillside tunnels. Concrete tanks and eggs as well as oak vessels of varying age, shape and size all come into play here, to consistently stunning results. This set of bottlings show the elegance of the vintage, combined with the depth and intensity of flavor that has long been the Saxum trademark. They should age effortlessly, like their outstanding 2018 siblings, a few of which were or are being released alongside the 2019s. A 222-acre property in the York Mountain AVA is now part of Saxum’s holdings and planting is under way, so expect lots more activity here in the coming years."