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2008 Saxum Booker Vineyard (750ml) [Printable View]
Producer: Saxum Vineyards saxumvineyards.com   details
Appellation: Paso Robles - California - United States (AVA)
Type: red
Varietal: Syrah - Mourvèdre
Maturity: Hold
Rating: Outstanding
Est. Price: US$75.00
 
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Tasting Notes:
rated: August 23, 2010 , Robert Parker erobertparker.com
98 points "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." Best -2020
rated: December 23, 2010 , IWC
94 points "($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."
rated: February 23, 2011 , James Laube
96 points "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 Mourvèdre. Best from 2012 through 2024. 280 cases made. –JL" Best 2012-2024
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