Saxum Booker Vineyard 2011
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|Region||California, Central Coast, Paso Robles|
Beautifully done, and probably the most elegant, seamless version of this cuvee I've tasted, the 2011 Booker Vineyard offers terrific aromas and flavors of liquid violets, sappy underbrush, smoked , exotic spices and plenty of crushed rock-like minerality that are all carried by layers of sweet cassis and black raspberry. There's a northern Rhone-like character here, but it hits the palate with full-bodied richness, fantastic mid-palate concentration, and a seamless, layered and multi-dimensional mouthfeel that's hard to resist. Made from 67% Syrah and 33% Mourvedre and aged in 300- and 350-liter hogsheads (and fermented with varying degrees of whole cluster), this beautifully pure, polished and complex effort will benefit from short-term cellaring and have over 15 years of overall longevity.
Ruggedly tannic, with ripe dark berry, dried herb, sage, stemmy and cedar notes, this tannic style begs for patience. Syrah and Mourvèdre. Drink now through 2023. 500 cases made.