Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Sept 2017
Composed of 38% Syrah, 38% Grenache and 24% Mourvèdre, the 2015 Heart Stone Vineyard has a medium to deep garnetpurple color and beautiful scents of roses and kirsch plus nuances of salami, spice cake, tar, new leather and earth. Fullbodied, concentrated and full-on seductive, it has lovely rich fruit and spice layers, framed by rounded tannins and finishing with a lovely herbal lift.
Josh Raynolds, Nov 2017
Brilliant purple. Exotically perfumed aromas of black and blue fruit preserves, potpourri and licorice, along with woodsmoke, vanilla and pipe tobacco overtones. Silky, seamless and expansive on the palate, offering energetic black raspberry, boysenberry and fruitcake flavors that put on weight with aeration while retaining urgency. Rich yet lively and incisive, finishing bright and sweet, with supple tannins, lingering sweetness and superb persistence. This wine's interplay of power and elegance is quite something.
Tasting Date: 8/10/2017
Another perfumed, ethereally textured 2015, the 2015 Heartstone Vineyard checks in as 38% Syrah, 38% Grenache and 24% Mourvèdre. It offers lots of cranberry, kirsch, dried herbs and even a hint of dried flowers to go with a full-bodied, lightly textured, elegant style on the palate. I suspect it will gain a touch of weight over the coming 2-3 years and drink nicely through 2027. I’ve raved so much about the wines from Saxum’s Justin Smith, I feel like a broken record every new vintage. Nevertheless, these latest vintages are all stellar, and certainly the move to the new cellar hasn’t affect or changed the quality here. The 2014s show the richer, more fleshy style of the vintage, yet still carry the slightly more streamlined/elegant style that Smith has chosen over the past few years. The 2015s play even more in that realm, which is very much the vintage, and are lively and elegant, with pretty, perfumed characters – and plenty of fruit. The 2015s share a lot of similarities to the 2011s (which shined for their aromatics), yet have more fruit and power. It’s worth noting that the majority had just been recently bottled, which makes these showings even more impressive. A vintage that really excites me is the 2016s, which appear to be a return to a more bombastic style, with beautiful fruit and texture.
The Heart Stone Vineyard is a small 7 acre vineyard planted on a gentle South slope of limestone and shale. With 8 different clones of Syrah, 4 of Grenache and 1 Mourvedre, we aim to produce a wine that is both compelling and complex. We typically co-ferment all the varieties together with a high proportion of whole clusters, producing a tannic and spicy wine that has great purity and complexity. We age this wine with very little new oak in mostly larger puncheons for 20-28 months. Our wines are never racked off their lees and are bottled unfined and unfiltered.