2007 Saxon Brown "Flora Ranch" Chalk Hill Syrah
A muscular style, dense and concentrated, with layers of mocha, espresso, ginger, fruitcake, date and dried berry flavors that fan out. Full-bodied, chewy and concentrated. Long and persistent. Best from 2010 through 2015. 245 cases made.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The most hedonistic and plush wine of the group is the 2007 Syrah Flora Ranch. This wine has an opaque ruby/purple color and a big, sweet kiss of licorice and black cherry liqueur intermixed with chocolate and blackberries. A hint of a floral/forest floor note adds to the complexity, but in the mouth it is silky smooth, with a velvety, voluptuous texture, and no hard edges. This is a real head-turner and quite seductive. Drink it over the next 5 years. I have had these wines year in and year out, and again Saxon Brown has turned out three outstanding efforts. Moreover, their prices are not out of line, especially at this level of quality.
Wine & Spirits
Full of zesty, sweet cherry flavor up front, this turns spicy and smoky in the finish, ending on rich tannin. It's foresty cool, a lively red-fruited syrah for steak frites.