The New Face of California Rhône Reds

Justin Smith of Saxum Leads the Way
James Laube
Issue: March 31, 2011

Inside the past decade, Justin Smith, 40, has taken the Saxum winery on a remarkable journey. It has gone from an extemporized home-winemaking operation with no business plan to one of those hard-to-believe-it-happened success stories. Yet every once in a while a winemaker and a wine come along with the ability to change a region. Smith and his wines more than fill that trendsetting role. Wine Spectator senior editor James Laube explains.

For the full article, check out the new issue of Wine Spectator, on newsstands March 1, 2011.

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