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2006 Saxum Heartstone Vineyard (750ml)
Producer: Saxum Vineyards saxumvineyards.com
Appellation: Paso Robles - California - United States (AVA)
Type: red
Varietal: Syrah - Mourvèdre - Grenache
Maturity: Drink
Rating: Excellent
Est. Price: US$67.00
Tasting Notes:
rated: March 31, 2009 , James Laub (WS)
93 points "Intense and powerful, with ripe, focused plum, blackberry and wild berry fruit that's shaded by pepper and nutmeg flavors. Full-bodied, dense and chewy, with pleasantly earthy tannins. Syrah, Grenache and Mourvèdre. Drink now through 2014. 390 cases made. –JL" Best 2009-2014
rated: August 31, 2009 , Robert Parker erobertparker.com
93 points "A blend of 38% Syrah, 36% Grenache, and 26% Mourvedre, the 2006 Heart Stone Vineyard offers up scents of flowers, lavender, black cherries, raspberries, blackberries, underbrush, and forest floor. Justin Smith uses a lot of whole clusters in his fermentation, which seems to give his wines structure as well as nuance. This is the most French-like of Saxum’s 2006s, and it comes across like a restrained, northern Rhone-like effort that is only hinting at its ultimate potential. It will benefit from 1-3 years of cellaring, and should evolve for 10-15 years." Best 2011-2021