Saxum Heart Stone Vineyard 2014
|California, Central Coast, Paso Robles
The 2014 is classic Heart Stone, probably the most elegant and feminine of the line up. We made two picks at HSV. Like usual, the first pick was mainly Syrah along with a little Grenache and Mourvèdre co-fermented from the upper blocks. The second pick comprised the bulk of the Grenache and Mourvèdre and the remaining Syrah, which was left whole cluster. Aged in mainly new puncheons, it shows a beautiful nose of violets with undertones of cranberry and raspberries. Lots of focus and a long finish with hints of cola berry. Let's talk about this vintage. It was the second year in a row with very little rain, so the vines responded like you would think, they produced very little fruit. What little fruit they had became extremely concentrated because there just wasn't much moisture available for the vines. No water = concentration. That could have been a problem if it wasn't for our cool nights and calcareous soils which preserve the natural acidity. So we ended up with ripe, rich, concentrated wines that have great spine and a focused juiciness that holds them together. Something that really is a rarity in the world of wine. They are wines that speak of Paso Robles and I'm proud of them just as I am proud to call Paso Robles my home. It's an awesome community to be part of.