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2008 Saxum - Booker Vineyard (Syrah) 750ml
2008 Saxum - Booker Vineyard (Syrah)
USA - California - San Luis Obispo - Paso Robles
Red / Proprietary Blend
2008 Saxum - Booker Vineyard (Syrah)
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Professional Reviews

IWC
94

International Wine Cellar Author: Josh Raynolds Issue: Issue 153

($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.

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WA
98

Wine Advocate Author: Robert Parker Issue: 190

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.

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WS
96

Wine Spectator Author: James Laube

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.

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Community Reviews

95

Johnnymd Trust Rating: 95 Tasted On: 11/25/2012

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