2005 Saxon Brown - Syrah Parmelee-Hill Vineyard 750ml

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Professional Reviews For This Wine


Vinfolio | Rating: 97

Shows a dense nose of cracked peppercorns, bacon fat and lush sun dried blackberry free run. Stunningly luxurious on the palate, dense berry and earth mingle in a cascade of richness seldom seem in North Coast Syrah. Penetrating acidity completes a dazzling experience. The finish lasts two minutes. An astounding value.

Drink Dates: 2008-2012
Author: Vinfolio Team
Issue: 209

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Collector Reviews For This Wine


Rating: 97
Author: dougwilder
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 03/26/2009
Site Blog: purely domestic wine report Aromas: Classic dense black fruits with salty bacon fat and pepper Palate: Concentrated blackberry, forest floor and loam Impression: Amazing richness for this region with firm acidity. A dazzling wine with a 120 second finish.

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Rating: 92
Author: MJM
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 01/05/2010
Nice fruit and structure...a babe for sure so let it rest an additional 2 years.

Rating: 92
Author: Hurraerik
Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 11/06/2011

Rating: 90
Author: Conrad K
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 07/22/2009
Drink Dates: 2007-2020
Casis on the nose. A vanilla flavor with blueberry on the palate. Fruit forward and great with spicy food. Nice finish.

Average rating: 95, based on 5 reviews

Collector Data For This Wine

224 bottles owned by 42 collectors.

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About This Producer


Founded in 1997 by winemaker Jeff Gaffner, the winery's cornerstone is its 100-year-old Casa Santinamaria Vineyard in Sonoma, a "field blend" vineyard that, at a half ton an acre, defines "low-yielding." Old vine Zinfandel (with its field-mates Petite Sirah, Carignane, Alicante Bouschet and Mataro) and Semillon come from this historic parcel. Pinot Noir and Syrah are sourced from small vineyards throughout Sonoma County. Total production is fewer than 2,000 cases, allowing Jeff to fulfill his mantra: "Winemaking must consume you, or your wines may not be worth consuming."

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Wine Varietal: Syrah


While the rest of the world is calling it "Syrah," Australia and South Africa stick to "Shiraz," their name for the same grape. Previously it was thought that the name Shiraz originated from a city in Persia where the Syrah grape was believed to have originated. Recently U.S. and French researchers demystified the name debate when they discovered that the Syrah grape was indigenous to France. Intense, robust and sometimes referred to as "manly," Syrah grows principally in the Northern Rhone. The spicy, peppery grape also grows abundantly in Australia, South Africa, and California, where it takes on a softer, thicker character than its French version. Typical descriptors for Syrah include blackberry, dark chocolate, mint, eucalyptus, smoked meat, black pepper, liquorice, and cloves.

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