The New Face of California Rhône Reds

Justin Smith of Saxum Leads the Way
From the Mar 31, 2011, issue

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.

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