April 22, 2019 - Well my 91 days of self imposed abstinence has come to an end (it also helped bring about an 18.5 pound weight loss and some awesome results on my annual blood tests). I chose the 2009 Broken Stones as the last bottle I drank before sobriety was the 2011 Broken Stones. It has been a couple of years since I drank a bottle so I slow ox'd for 8 hours. The nose was dark fruit and hints of chocolate. The palate was dark plums, mahogany, some barnyard, a hint of licorice and a touch of spice. The finish as with most Saxums just goes on forever. Its good to be back.
March 11, 2019 - 60% Syrah, 20% Mourvèdre, 12% Petite Sirah, 8% Grenache. The Petite Sirah in this wine gives it power and a concentrated mouthfeel. It's full bodied an rich. If you're not looking for a fruit forward wine, this is not for you. Blackberry and cherry notes. Mildly floral on the finish, as you often find in Paso GSMs. Has a fleshy nose. I had this as a PnP and that wasn't an issue.
January 13, 2019 - Consistent with previous tasting notes.
December 8, 2018 - Luis' "Bring a very good bottle" event: Decanted 1.5 hours and served fairly cold on purpose. I think the wine was better cold, because this is a monster wine and it is not that balanced. It is hard not to be impressed by the fruit, chocolate and earth on the nose and palate. Hate to say it, but the nose leaps out of the glass. I didn't find this jammy, just heavy. The lack of acid or any balancing flavor is apparent. I find it humorous that this is called Broken Stones and lacks minerality. I'll just have to say "Different strokes" and I can understand if others are impressed by its richness.
December 6, 2018 - Mixed Wines at Tilia (Tilia, Mpls): This was cold on serving and it did evolve as it warmed, but it was slowly. Some earth, deep and volatile, bold, blackberry, black currant. The palate is full bodied, big and concentrated, pepper, red velvet cake, ripe and lush black fruits huge pepper and spice. I don't get the fuss but it's not really my style, but obviously others love this.
November 29, 2018 - Really great! Excellent rich flavor and complexity with a delightfully interesting and long finish. Cedar, blackberry, licorice, all very intense. I expected it to not be ready to drink and was surprised by how approachable it was, though for sure has a long rich life ahead.
November 3, 2018 - Brought to steakhouse and decanted. The nose was explosive dark fruits right from the get-go and calmed down a little, but the server even mentioned that she was drawn to our table just from the aromas of the wine. Very different from the last bottle upon opening, which was muted at first. The palate was more of the same dark fruits with lots of blueberries coming through. Not too complex but man was this delicious. great mouth feel and finish. Still somewhat one dimensional, even after nine years but this has time to develop more. If it doesn't, send them to me and I will drink them for you.
September 15, 2018 - Popped and poured...blueberries and pepper on the nose...not complex at all, though certainly a crowdpleaser with a smooth finish...last bottle and just as well...don't see these improving.
June 1, 2018 - Pop and pour. Opened up after 30 minutes. Nice fruit and bones but just a bit too much. Others will adore this.
May 8, 2018 - Nice... but not nearly as big as I expected.