Broken Heart Winery

Saxum Vineyards

Broken Stones Red Rhone Blend 2017

Shay A
9.5

My second bottle of Saxum Broken Stones to open, the other (2015) about 6-8 months ago. I wanted to open a Broken Stones as I made the Saxum list after about a 5yr wait, and Broken Stones is one of the wines I’m allocated. Thankfully I’ve been able to buy Saxum the last 5yrs or so from a friend’s allocation, so I can test out my taste preference before buying direct.

Compared to the 2015, this was so much more perfumed and ready to go. Wow! Brambly dark fruit, dark chocolate, potpourri, and a hint of smoked jerky. Deceptively nimble on the palate with great lift…blackberries, blueberries, violets, savory herbs, and sweet smoke. Texture here is hedonistic. Youthful, but less tannic than the 2015. Aromatics filled the room! Enjoy now with a short decant.

As an aside, I got to try this next to a 2017 Heart Stone and a 2017 Hexe (both included in this upcoming release), as well as a 2019 James Berry. I found the Broken Stones to be more purple fruit forward and supremely fragrant, the Heart Stone a touch more savory and red fruited, and the Hexe a total monster in regards to fruit and structure.
— 8 days ago

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Peggy Hadley

Peggy Hadley

Nice write up. Thanks.

Manuel Antonio de la Riva y Pomar

El Armijo Colección No. 1 Crianza Biologica

This is the. Bodegas Cortijo La Fuente.
A Fino from Mollina, heart of Andalusia.
Made from Pedro Ximinez, in solera for 5 years. Vineyard farmed since 19th C.
Limestone and sand.
You can sense the “ heavinesses “ of the Pedro Ximiniez on the nose, but it’s an almond fest, dry, w a touch of barrel and raisin to finish. Brandy like.
Not heavy on the palate.
Another discovery.
Thanks @enramistas
— 15 days ago

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Tenuta Sette Ponti

Crognolo Toscana Super Tuscan Blend 2018

Tried again! In the heart of the Chianti lies Estate of Sette Ponti, 15 miles northwest of the city of Arezzo, past village of San Giustino Valdarno. Has 10% Merlot, aged in French Allier barriques, deep Ruby with red fruit aromas and floral notes. On the palate blackberry, plum and cherry flavors with blossom notes, spice and fine integrated tannins. Good balance, long finish ending with some oak and mineral tones. Nice! Will age a bit! Tasting well now! — 2 months ago

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Moussé Fils

Effusion Rosé Champagne Blend

One of my favorite rosés, and producers, year in and year out. Definitely rises above the so many other bottles of champagne that it can be compared to. And, it’s exceedingly pretty.

A light salmon pink color in the class. Nice persistent bubbles and effervescence. Strawberries upfront on the nose but there’s this kick of cinnamon that’s just so delightful. Some light brioche notes with cloves and dried herbs to compliment. Earth and cherries really start to express themselves after plenty of time in the glass. Such an intense, singular nose.

Cedric Moussé makes a spectacular range of champagnes but this one has a special spot in my heart. It’s just so unique and fun. 92/8 Pinot Meunier/Pinot Noir from two separate perpetual reserves and disgorged in July of 2020 with the low dosage of 1.5 g/l. Medium bodied but weighty and substantial.

Cherries and cream explode on the palate. Vivacious red fruit but so far away from being a standard issue fruit bomb rosé champagne. Nice minerality and subtle notes of herbs and earth. Long finish with an uptick of cream and acid. Mesmerizing and beautiful. One of my favorites for a reason.
— 5 months ago

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Saxum Vineyards

Broken Stones Paso Robles Syrah Blend 2015

Shay A
9.5

Thought I posted this 6-7 months ago but evidently it didn’t go through.

While I’m still on the waitlist, I’m able to buy a few bottles a year from a friend. This is the first bottle I purchased back in 2017. I know it’s young, but I couldn’t resist any longer. I double decanted this for about an hour then consumed from bottle over the next three.

I’ve had most of the Saxum offerings, but I don’t think I’ve had Broken Stones before, yet it’s just absolutely killer like every other Saxum I’ve had. Deeply purple/black in the glass with aromatics of roasted blueberries and blackberries that are then dipped in dark chocolate, alongside smoked meat. I never know how else to describe it, but certain high quality Paso Rhône style blends have this airy/weightless-jammy flair to them, which I love…definitely present here. Coiled up at first but as the evening moved on, the layers kept unfolding with notes of charcoal, spiced dark fruits, cherry jerky. Perfect balance of acidity & tannin.

Best in 2-3yrs, but quite enjoyable with 3-4hrs of air now.
— 10 days ago

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Shay A

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@Paul T- Huntington Beach @Eric S : I’ve been fortunate to have many aged Saxums (the brother of the owners of Epoch is in my local wine group and brings plenty). What I’ve found is I love Saxum both young and old. I made the list after a 5-yr wait and tried quite a few today from some friends’ cellar and it reinforced my affection.
Bryan Kesting

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IMO 8-10 years is great. It really depends on the wine and the vintage. Consistently good!
Dawn E.

Dawn E.

Sounds delicious!

Enderle & Moll

Spätburgunder Rosé 2020

In the hottest summer since forever, Enderle & Moll Spat rose is the solution to my Texas problem. This works for when I want red and red doesn't want to work. It's the heart and soul of German Spat with the ability to quench thirst. A cool dip off Liason, with more texture and thicker concentration.

It doesn't look like Rose'. It looks like 20 year old Barolo - crimson with browned edges. Awesome cherry laden notes. Fresh bing - dark to stain your fingers. And candied cherry too - like Ludens cough drops. And mint and menthol. And that texture - this is 13.5% ABV, but not syrupy the way Bandol rose's can be.

It's own exceptional thing. Drink at cellar temp.
— 21 days ago

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Lyle Fass

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as unique as any wine out there
Severn Goodwin

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I'm getting to this wine in a few weeks, can't wait.
Ely Cohn

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@Severn Goodwin @Lyle Fass probably undersold a bit. Really lovely

Weis Vineyards

Heart of the Lake Finger Lakes White Blend 2021

Absolutely awesome! Delightful blend of riesling and others (traminette??). A little spicy. very refreshing! Definitely repeat! — 8 days ago

Long Shadows Vintners

Feather Cabernet Sauvignon 2019

This feather will float right down your hatch and into your heart. Thought you met the love of your life? Think again. — 8 days ago

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Domaine La Soufrandise

Vieilles Vignes Pouilly-Fuissé Chardonnay 2019

Small producer, the Melin family have owned Domaine la Soufrandise, located in the heart of Fuissé, since the 1850s. Pale lemon with aromas of citrus, stone fruits and honey floral notes. On the palate flavors of apple, melon and lemon citrus with notes of honey and nutty oak. Medium+ finish, vivid acidity and ends with minerality. Nice! Will age a bit! — 10 days ago

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Azienda Agricola Fontodi

Vigna del Sorbo Gran Selezione Chianti Classico Sangiovese Blend 2018

Winery is located in the heart of Chianti Classico in the valley which lies south of the town of Panzano and is called the "Conca d’Oro" (the golden shell) because of its amphitheatre shape. Deep Ruby with aromas of dried fruits and oak notes, 18 months of French oak aging. On the palate flavors of sweet cherry with tobacco and floral tones. Fine sweet tannins, vivid acidity, well balanced, long finish ending with earthy mineral character, 15% alcohol, nice mouthfeel. Pricy but one of the best I’ve tasted, consistent. — 4 months ago

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