2008 Saxum - Booker Vineyard (Syrah) 750ml

USA - California - San Luis Obispo - Paso Robles/ Red / Proprietary Blend
2008 Saxum - Booker Vineyard (Syrah)
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International Wine Cellar | 94

($75; syrah with a bit of mourvedre) Inky ruby. Raspberry and cherry preserves on the nose, with complicating notes of rose oil, Szechuan peppercorn and allspice. Impressively complex, sappy red berry compote flavors are given grip by a touch of cherry pit and gain sweetness with air. For such a massive wine there's uncanny energy here as well. The finish repeats the floral and spice notes and clings with superb clarity and intensity.

Author: Josh Raynolds
Issue: Issue 153

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Wine Advocate | 98

The 2008 Booker Vineyard (92% Syrah and 8% Mourvedre, which had also been bottled immediately before my visit) has an opaque purple color and a wonderfully sweet nose of black cherry, black currant, licorice, incense, and some Asian spices. The wine has seamless lushness, a voluptuous texture, stunning purity, and a very long, 40-second-plus finish. Booker is another top site that I believe was planted with Justin Smith's help. It is a 40-acre vineyard sitting on similar limestone soils. This incredible wine would probably benefit from a couple of years of cellaring, as the structure is more present, no doubt due to the high level of Syrah in the wine. It should evolve for 10-15 more years.

Drink Dates: 2010-2025
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 190

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Wine Spectator | 96

Starts out open-knit, rich and fleshy, yet builds intensity. Powerful, yet with a measure of restraint, delivering supple plum, blackberry and wild berry fruit, with touches of mineral and black licorice. This wows you with both gushing fruit and a dancing delicacy of finesse. Ends with chunky fruit flavors. Syrah and Mourvedre.

Drink Dates: 2012-2024
Author: James Laube


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Score: 98
Author: G
Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 08/08/2014
Score: 95
Author: Johnnymd
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 11/25/2012
More Vintages and Sizes of Saxum - Booker Vineyard (Syrah):

2011 (1.5L)
2011 (750ml)
2010 (750ml)
2009 (750ml)
2006 (750ml)

About This Producer


Saxum Vineyards is focused on producing Syrah, Grenache, and Mourvedre-based blends from the Templeton Gap of Paso Robles, California. They let their rocky calcareous soils, steep hillsides, and cooling ocean breezes speak through their wines by keeping yields extremely low, picking fruit at the peak of ripeness, and using a minimalist approach in the cellar. Production is kept at a total of 2200-2800 cases per year divided between 6 different cuvees: Broken Stones, Heart Stone Vineyard, James Berry Vineyard, Booker Vineyards, Rocket Block and Bone Rock.

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