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Saxum Heart Stone Vineyard 2012

$169.00

SKU 12984

750ml

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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. Our wines are never racked off their lees and are bottled unfined and unfiltered. Our 2012 wines are opening up beautifully. They are starting to blossom! What perplexed me about this vintage was the tannin structure. It started out massive, and made me think that these wines were going to need years in the cellar before they began showing their stuff. I still think 3-5 years will greatly benefit the wines, but they will give great pleasure to those who can't hold out.
Category Red Wine
Varietals
Country California
Region Central Coast
Appellation Paso Robles
Brand Saxum
Alcohol/vol 15.1%
  • wa96

Wine AdvocateThe 2012 Heart Stone Vineyard is 43% Syrah, 41% Grenache and 16% Mourvedre that was aged mostly in concrete (the '11 was aged 100% in concrete) yet also saw some new and neutral puncheons. Fermented with 40% whole clusters, it's a big, burly effort that has beautiful creme de cassis, black raspberry, crushed violets, vanilla bean and exotic flower-like qualities all emerging from the glass. It too has a structured feel, with high, yet ripe tannin, so short-term cellaring is also advised here.

Jeb Dunnuck, August 2014
  • ws91

Wine SpectatorOffers a potent expression of loamy earth-infused dark berry, sage, bay leaf, espresso, black tea and black licorice flavors, all deep and persistent, cloaked in chewy tannins. Syrah, Grenache and Mourvèdre. Best from 2016 through 2028. 410 cases made.

James Laube, March 31, 2015