Saxum Booker Vineyard 2016 1.5L
|Region||California, Central Coast, Paso Robles|
Wine AdvocateA blend of 73% Syrah and 27% Mataro, the 2016 Booker Vineyard is another of the wines that Justin Smith gives an extended élevage-this year with 60% in new puncheons and the remaining 40% in large amphorae. It's harvested in two tranches: the first and larger pick is the south-facing slope that's exclusively Syrah and entirely destemmed, the second pick being the north-facing slope that includes both some Mataro and some whole cluster. The wine opens in the glass with a brooding bouquet of grilled meat, bay leaf and dark, plummy fruit, followed by a full-bodied, concentrated wine with great depth and tension but plenty of chewy tannin that is going to need some time to resolve. Everything points to it being absolutely superb.