Daily Wine 7/29/17:
Saxum – Bone Rock – James Berry Vineyard – Paso Robles – 2012
- This wine is Syrah-dominant blend from the Bone Rock block of the James Berry Vineyard in Paso Robles, California.
- Paso Robles is in San Luis Obispo County just north of Santa Barbara County on the Central Coast of California.
- When terracing this vineyard, the team unearthed fossilized whale bones and they needed to use jack hammers to plant the vines.
- This blend has the most tannin, density, and acidity of all the Saxum bottlings and requires a few years to develop.
- The wines are kept on their lees until they are bottled and they are neither filtered nor fined.
- According the winemaker and founder, Justin Smith, the vintage was a normal growing season. Everything was average, from temperatures to yields. 2010 and 2011 were chilly and 2013 and 2014 were dry.
- Saxum Vineyards is focused on producing Rhone varietals based from the Willow Creek District of Paso Robles. The goal is to let the rocky calcareous soils, steep hillsides, sunny days, and ocean breezes clash for an optimal expression of terroir.
- A minimalist approach is taken in the vineyards and the cellar.
- Production is VERY small, a maximum of 5,000 cases a year divided between seven different wines.
- Other wines include: Broken Stones, James Berry Vineyard, Booker Vineyard, Paderewski Vineyard, Heart Stone Vineyard, and Terry Hoage Vineyard.
- Pair this with beef, lamb, and chocolate.