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Saxum Broken Stones 2016
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Saxum Broken Stones 2016

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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!
Jeb Dunnuck
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Brought up in foudre, amphora, and some new puncheons, the 2016 Broken Stones offers a deep, full-bodied, quintessential Paso Robles style that carries plenty of freshness and acidity, notes of black and blue fruits, smoked meats, violets, and ground pepper, polished tannins, and a monster of a finish. A blend of 51% Syrah, 17% Mourvèdre, 13% Grenache, and the rest Tempranillo, Petite Sirah, and Roussanne, it’s going to benefit from 2-3 years of bottle age and cruise for 15 years or more.

October 31, 2019
Wine Advocate
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A 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