Saxum Broken Stones 2016

Saxum Broken Stones 2016

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jd
96-100
v
95-97
wa
94-96+

Winery Notes:

The 2016 Broken Stones is definitely switching things up a little compared to the 2015. It's on the darker, more brooding side of things. Think wet stones on a hot day, maybe a little tar that you would find walking the beach of California, but then all this sweet black fruit kicks in. I really like the duality of it. We aged this baby in 51% new French Puncheons, but then the remainder was in large foudre or concrete amphora. This really allowed this Broken Stones to show its dark side, so to speak. I may be piling it on at this point, but it's one that I can't wait to taste with 5-10 years of age on it. I think it could stand up against the 2013 Stones and the 2007 Stones, but in the long race, the 2016 might come out on top!

Category Red Wine
Varietals
Region California, Central Coast, Paso Robles
Brand Saxum
Alcohol/vol 15.9%
  • jd96-100

Jeb DunnuckMore Syrah dominated than normal, the 2016 Broken Stones (51% Syrah, 17% Mourvèdre, 13% Grenache, 9% Tempranillo and the rest Petite Sirah and Roussanne, mostly destemmed … is a big, badass wine that offers tons of black fruits, scorched earth, licorice and peppered meat. Thick, unctuous and seriously concentrated, it’s another tour de force from Justin that just might be the best yet.

August 10, 2017
  • v95-97

VinousOpaque purple. Expansive aromas of dark fruit liqueur, incense, vanilla, violet and spicecake are joined by olive and cola nuances that build in the background. Fleshy and broad in the mouth, offering deeply concentrated yet lively black and blue fruit preserve, star anise and violet pastille flavors brightened by a vibrant mineral flourish. Supple and appealingly sweet on the extremely long, floral-dominated finish, which is shaped by smooth, steadily building tannins.

Josh Raynolds, September 2018
  • wa94-96+

Wine AdvocateA blend of 52% Syrah, 18% Mataro, 10% Grenache, 10% Tempranillo, 8% Petite Sirah and 2% Roussanne, the 2016 Broken Stones (which will be bottled later this year) offers up brooding aromas of grilled meat and smoky black fruits. On the palate, it's full-bodied and very powerful, with sweet tannins, considerable concentration and chewy extract, and there's a long, stony finish. This cuvée used to see mainly new oak, but the 2016 is being matured in 51% new puncheons, 32% foudre and 13% amphora, with the balance in used wood. Perhaps that's why this vintage has all the power and amplitude that readers will have come to expect from Broken Stones but also more tension and precision.

William Kelley, May 31, 2018