2011 Saxum "Booker Vineyard" Paso Robles Rhône Blend

SKU #1159102 96 points Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark Beautifully done, and probably the most elegant, seamless version of this cuvée 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. (JD) 96+ Inner quote mark (8/2014)

94 points Int'l Wine Cellar

Outer quote mark Dark purple. Potent aromas of cassis, cherry liqueur, blueberry, Moroccan spices, violet and smoky minerals. Impressively deep but energetic, offering sappy dark fruit flavors laced with notes of mocha, violet, cola, five-spice powder and cracked pepper. Decidedly rich but this comes across as almost elegant, with impressive lift and energy thanks to bright, juicy acidity. The deep, sappy black and blue fruit flavors refuse to let go on the long, spicy finish. (JR) Inner quote mark (11/2013)

94 points Vinous

Outer quote mark Pomegranate, plum, exotic spices, smoke and graphite are some of the many notes that are found in the 2011 Booker Vineyard. An exceptionally beautiful wine, the 2011 possesses remarkable depth and intensity. Expressive floral and citrus overtones develop in the glass, adding considerable brightness and aromatic nuance. Even though the 2011 is gorgeous today, my sense is it is holding back much of its potential. (AG) Inner quote mark (7/2014)

Jancis Robinson

Outer quote mark Meaty, musky aromatics. Notes of raspberry and dusty baking spice with black tea on the palate. Pleasing, stimulating feral notes. Nice tension and focus. Dusty tannin, persistent, mouth-watering acidity. Tightly wound upon opening. A touch more accessible than the other Saxum wines tasted, yet still showing plenty of tenacity. (ECB) 17.5/20 points Inner quote mark (7/2015)

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