Saxum 2014 Heart Stone Vineyard (95+pts)
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. - Winemakers Notes
95 - 97 Points, Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate: The upfront and decadently styled 2014 Heart Stone Vineyard is full-bodied and expansive, with killer notes of black raspberries, spice, licorice, dried herbs and chalky minerality. Coming from a seven-acre vineyard planted on a gentle south-facing slope and a final blend of 57% Syrah, 24% Grenache and 19% Mourvèdre, drink it while you give the other releases a few years in the cellar (if you can resist, anyways). One of the superstars in California is undoubtedly the humble, soft spoken, yet incredibly talented Justin Smith, who has had the reins at Saxum since 2000. And while a lot of winemakers would have been content to stick with the tried and true at this point, Smith continues to question, experiment and fine tune everything he does. Today, his wines are much more finesse oriented, pure and graceful than in the past, without sacrificing texture, concentration or richness. In short, these wines kick ass and shouldn't be missed by any serious wine lover out there!