2005 Saxum - Booker Vineyard (Syrah) 1.5L

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Professional Reviews For This Wine


International Wine Cellar | Rating: 93

($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.

Author: Josh Raynolds
Issue: Issue 135

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Wine Advocate | Rating: 94

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.

Drink Dates: 2008-2023
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 177

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 95

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.

Drink Dates: 2008-2013
Author: James Laube


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Customer Reviews For This Wine


Rating: 95
Author: Charley
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 06/26/2014
Drink Dates:
Outstanding! Fruity, balanced and oddly powerful with restraint.

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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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