Saxum Booker Vineyard 2011
Rhone Red Blends from Central Coast, California
Wine Style Guide
Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
"Classic Booker with its serious levels of dark fruit, chocolate,
earth and mineral, the 2011 Syrah Booker Vineyard (67% Syrah,
33% Mourvedre) builds incrementally on the palate and delivers
full-bodied richness and depth without ever seeming heavy or
cumbersome. Aged in 300- and 350-liter hogsheads, this
seamless, focused and layered barrel sample is brilliant and
could come from nowhere else. It should have 15+ years of
The Wine Advocate
"Dark purple. Potent aromas of cassis, cherry liqueur, blueberry, Moroccan spices, violet and smoky minerals. Impressively deep but energetic, offering sappy dark fruit flavors laced with notes of mocha, violet, cola, five-spice powder and cracked pepper. Decidedly rich but this comes across as almost elegant, with impressive lift and energy thanks to bright, juicy acidity. The deep, sappy black and blue fruit flavors refuse to let go on the long, spicy finish."
International Wine Cellar
"The 2011 Booker Vineyard is one of the richest, most powerful wines in range. Black fruit, melted road tar, licorice wrap around the palate and never lets up. There is nothing subtle about the Booker Vineyard. The muscular, massive style is distinctive but also a bit on the bombastic side. Booker is clearly capable of producing intense wines, but I think it can do so much more than just that. In 2011 the blend is 67% Syrah and 33% Mourvedre.
Range: 92-94 Points"
Vinous / Antonio Galloni
Learn About Saxum
Saxum Vineyards is focused on producing Syrah, Grenache, and Mourvedre based blends from the Templeton Gap of Paso Robles, California. We let our rocky calcareous soils, steep hillsides, and cooling ocean breezes speak through our wines by keeping our 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.
Learn About Central Coast
The largest of California's wine growing regions, the Central Coast produces the majority of California's wine. The district sprawls out, covering most of the vineyard land between San Francisco and Santa Barbara. Smaller sub-AVAs of the Central Coast include Monterey Bay, Paso Robles, Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Maria Valley, Santa Cruz Mountains and many others. Notable Facts...
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Learn About Rhone Red Blends
The Rhone region of France has a delightful selection of red varieties. There are 22 grapes allowed in the Rhone AOC, about half of them red. Most of these varieties are used as secondary blending partners, often comprising less than 10% of the blend. The primary red players of Rhone blends are Syrah, Grenache and Mourvedre. Most wines from the Southern Rhone use Grenache as their...
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