33% Graciano, 31% Grenache, 19% Syrah, 9% Mataro, 5% Touriga Nacional, 3% Petite Sirah
Vineyard: Heart Stone Vineyard Release: July 2022
NOTES FROM JUSTIN:
Bright red fruit really lifted by the use of Graciano as the lead here. Exotic aromatics.... Think Moroccan spices. Very focused. Long finish with dusty tannins.
I'm sure many of you have heard the woes of 2020. Fires devastated the entire West Coast of the U.S. Nobody was spared, but fortunately the vineyards of Paso were not hit too hard. The closest fire to us was up in Monterey County, which is about 90 miles north. Nonetheless, we approached the 2020 vintage very carefully in the cellar by running every possible type of analysis to detect damage from the smoke that was occasionally thick in the air that summer. Although a couple of the lots were suspect, everything else was clean. Phew!
93-95 pts Jeb Dunnuck
“while 2020 was a challenging vintage for Paso Robles due to heat spikes and smoke, the wines are unquestionably outstanding, as well as some of the best in the vintage.
We’ll have full Saxum reviews out with the Central Coast report later this year, but due to the recent email offer from the estate, we’ve opted to publish the scores here to provide a little help for subscribers. Note, these scores will not be in the database until the full report is published.”