Red

2008 Saxum Broken Stones

Red Rhone Blend

  • USA
  • California
  • Central Coast
  • Paso Robles
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Community Tasting Notes 119

  • Geoff Likes this wine: 94 points

    December 16, 2019 - This wine has evolved in all areas. Smoother with less tannin, slightly less robust (a plus), no green notes. If one can say so, more refined. Still plenty of fruit and may be developing some secondary notes. Very enjoyable.

  • mjfaulkner wrote: 94 points

    August 10, 2019 - Age, for better or worse has muted a bit of the exuberant fruit. Still full of black berry and black currant fruit. Lightly savory on finish- coffee, hoisin and charred meat notes. Wonderful now.

  • Cailles wrote: 94 points

    July 13, 2019 - Saxum Tasting (Zurich): Comprehensive vertical tasting of several Saxum vineyards and a total of 24 wines. Most wines on a good to very good level in the 93 to 95 points range, just one on an exceptional (97+ points) level (James Berry Bone Rock 08). The consistency of the wine-making at Saxum is impressive but the tasting proofed to be rather a bit boring with less difference between the vineyards and vintages showing than expected and wished for. Heart Stone stood out a bit (bigger vats used, little new oak) thanks to more terroir expression. James Berry (mostly Grenache) and James Berry Bone Rock (elevated complexity and sexiness) were great. Best vintage (we tried wines from 2003 to 2011) is clearly the 2007 which produced the wines with the most depth.

    TN: This wine was sweeter and more red fruit driven than the other Broken Stones wines. Alongside some meaty tones and hints of minerality (the other Broken Stones wines, with 2007 being the exception, had almost no detectable earthy/mineral component). Very round, well balanced, fierce and thick but not too much. Good finish but medium- complexity only. All in all a very good wine. Not decanted, no decant needed.

  • sirpat007 wrote: 93 points

    June 22, 2019 - Grand Saxum Tasting (Gustav in Zurich): Grand Saxum tasting over several vineyeards and vintages. 23 wines in total. What was remarkable is the consistancy in aromatics across vintages and partly also across vineyards. Big and powerful wines but not without elegance. As a vintage 2007 stood out as exceptional across all vineyards. Booker stood out as the most consistent on a high level while James Berry vineyards had the highest range, but was oustanding in some vintages. The top wines for me were 2008 Bone Rock and Booker 2007.

    Tasting note:
    Intense red fruit like from a marmalede jar fresh out of the fridge. Fruit forward on the palate as well. Tension and still some wildness on the palate.

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  • jshufelt wrote: 92 points

    May 16, 2019 - This hasn't budged an inch since our last bottle at the tail end of 2015, and sadly, this is our last bottle. If you have any, hide it in your cellar for at least five more years.

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2008
  • Type Red
  • Producer Saxum
  • Varietal Red Rhone Blend
  • Designation Broken Stones
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion Central Coast
  • Appellation Paso Robles

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  • In Cellars 1,113 (51%)
  • Consumed 1,059 (48%)

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