2006 Saxon Brown - Syrah Parmelee-Hill Vineyard Owl Box 750ml

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Professional Reviews For This Wine


International Wine Cellar | Rating: 89

($38) Ruby-red. A complex bouquet displays cherry-cola, licorice, smoked meat and cracked pepper. Deeply concentrated dark berry flavors are firmed by chunky tannins and become spicier on the back end. The black fruit lingers on the long, assertive, slightly wild finish. This big, chewy wine needs a hunk of grilled meat to tame it. (JR)

Author: Josh Raynolds
Issue: Issue 144

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Collector Reviews For This Wine


Rating: 92
Author: MJM
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 01/09/2012
Love the olive tapenade notes in this wine.

Average rating: 90, based on 2 reviews

Collector Data For This Wine

59 bottles owned by 28 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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