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2016 Saxum "Booker Vineyard" Paso Robles Rhône Blend

SKU #1406593 99 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark Flirting with perfection, the 2016 Booker Vineyard is a classic bruiser from this vineyard that has overflowing notes of blackberries, blackcurrants, smoked earth, and violets. Checking in as 73% Syrah and 27% Mourvèdre (13% stems) brought up new barrels, it hits the balance with full-bodied richness, incredible purity of fruit, ultra-fine tannins, and a finish that won’t quit. If you’re lucky enough to have a few bottles, do you best to hide them in the cellar for 2-3 years. Inner quote mark (10/2019)

96 points Vinous

Outer quote mark Vivid purple. Pungent, mineral-accented aromas of cherry preserves, black raspberry and blueberry carry Moroccan spice and incense overtones. Bright and energetic on the palate, displaying deep-pitched cherry cola, dark berry liqueur and floral pastille flavors and energizing spiciness. Dusty, fine-grained tannins add support to the alluringly sweet, extremely persistent finish, which emphatically echoes the dark berry, floral and spice notes. (JR) Inner quote mark (2/2020)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 2016 Booker Vineyard is made up of 73% Syrah and 27% Mataro. It was made with 13% whole cluster and aged 22 months in 60% new oak and 40% amphorae. Medium to deep ruby, it has inviting aromas of cassis, marionberry jam, baked blackberries and red cherry preserves with notions of dusty earth, Earl Grey tea leaves, earth and amaro. Medium to full-bodied, intense, layered and very pretty in the mouth, it has a firm, very finely grained frame and seamlessly woven freshness, finishing long and flavorful. (EB) Inner quote mark (2/2020)

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