More Vintages and Sizes of Saxum - Syrah Booker Vineyard:
International Wine Cellar
Author: Josh Raynolds
Issue: Issue 135
($55; 92% syrah and 8% grenache) Bright purple. Powerfully scented nose offers smoky cassis and bitter cherry aromas, along with cured meat, violet and cigarbox; really smells like Cote-Rotie! Sweet and round, displaying intense red and dark berry preserve flavors and a strong mineral undertone, finishing with building tannins. Balances depth and energy as well as earth and fruit. A fascinating wine.
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Author: Robert Parker
A blend of 92% Syrah and 8% Grenache, the 2005 Booker Vineyard is the debut vintage of this 400-case cuvee produced from a hillside vineyard situated on the west side of Highway 101. It exhibits plenty of crushed rock, sweet black fruit, and underbrush/forest floor characteristics along with sweet tannin and a structured, muscular personality similar to a northern Rhone. Big and powerful yet precise and well-delineated, it should drink nicely for 10-15 years. The bottled 2005s are all performing well.
Author: James Laube
Shows wonderful aromas of rich, chocolatey blackberry and boysenberry, with a touch of huckleberry. Dense, concentrated and sharply focused, this finishes with a long, layered, persistent aftertaste. Syrah and Grenache.
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 07/02/2011
Really strong offering from Saxum. Had not had the Booker Vineyard before. Good balance, fruit and alcohol content.
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