Red

2009 Saxum Syrah Booker Vineyard

Syrah

  • USA
  • California
  • Central Coast
  • Paso Robles
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Community Tasting Notes 57

  • Cailles wrote: 93 points

    July 13, 2019 - Saxum Tasting (Zurich): Comprehensive vertical tasting of several Saxum vineyards and a total of 24 wines. Most wines on a good to very good level in the 93 to 95 points range, just one on an exceptional (97+ points) level (James Berry Bone Rock 08). The consistency of the wine-making at Saxum is impressive but the tasting proofed to be rather a bit boring with less difference between the vineyards and vintages showing than expected and wished for. Heart Stone stood out a bit (bigger vats used, little new oak) thanks to more terroir expression. James Berry (mostly Grenache) and James Berry Bone Rock (elevated complexity and sexiness) were great. Best vintage (we tried wines from 2003 to 2011) is clearly the 2007 which produced the wines with the most depth.

    TN: The Booker Vineyards wines are a virtual blend between the Broken Stone wines (new oak, powerful fruit expression) and the Heart Stone wines (focus and minerality). I liked them a lot with the 2007 being the winner due to its depth. This was the weakest Booker with some heat and oak showing. Not yet fully integrated and balanced enough. Beside that usual profile with dark, blue and red fruit, a sweet core, some minerality embedded in a soft and light structural frame. Not decanted. I would wait a few years with this wine. If you open a bottle I would go with a rather long decant (4-5 hours).

  • hoservin Likes this wine: 94 points

    July 4, 2019 - Decanted for one hour. Nose of blackberry liquor, huckleberry, black plum, smoked meat, coffee grinds and spice. Black and blue fruit, coffee, smoked meat, spice and fine tannins on the palate. Very long, layered finish with excellent depth. Full bodied. Nice wine. Excellent pairing with smoked beef brisket.

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  • sirpat007 Likes this wine: 96 points

    June 22, 2019 - Grand Saxum Tasting (Gustav in Zurich): Grand Saxum tasting over several vineyeards and vintages. 23 wines in total. What was remarkable is the consistancy in aromatics across vintages and partly also across vineyards. Big and powerful wines but not without elegance. As a vintage 2007 stood out as exceptional across all vineyards. Booker stood out as the most consistent on a high level while James Berry vineyards had the highest range, but was oustanding in some vintages. The top wines for me were 2008 Bone Rock and Booker 2007.

    Tasting note:
    Bramble berry fruit, lots of spices. A lot of power on the palate and maybe a tad heat.

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  • Levinsb wrote:

    November 30, 2018 - Big lush in your face. Not a violets and pepper Syrah. This is dark and chewy and hot with alcohol.

  • Anonymous wrote: 95 points

    October 20, 2018 - Fruit flavors were more integrated than when previously tasted.

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2009
  • Type Red
  • Producer Saxum
  • Varietal Syrah
  • Designation n/a
  • Vineyard Booker Vineyard
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion Central Coast
  • Appellation Paso Robles

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  • Pending Delivery 9 (1%)
  • In Cellars 703 (56%)
  • Consumed 551 (44%)

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