2018 Saxum ‘Booker’ Paso Robles Rhone Blend [RP-98pts]


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Ratings & Tasting notes:    

98 points Jeb Dunnuck

It’s a youthful, primary 2018 offering incredibly pure black and blue fruits as well as notes of charcoal, graphite, roasted herbs, and charred meat. These carry to a full-bodied Syrah with a beautiful core of sweet fruit, ripe, polished, yet certainly present tannins, and flawless balance. Despite its overall richness and size, it still has a vibrant spine of acidity and freshness and a gorgeous finish. Give bottles plenty of air if drinking any time soon, and my money is on it benefiting from 2-3 years of bottle age and cruising in cold cellars through 2032. (9/2020)

98 points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

The 2018 Booker Vineyard, a blend of 74% Syrah and 26% Mataro, has gregarious aromas of baked blackberries, coffee, dark earth and licorice with loads of spicy accents. The full-bodied palate bursts with concentrated, nuanced fruits, pure notes of chocolate and floral perfume lingering in the mouth. The sheer concentration of flavor is expertly foiled by its fine, silt-like tannins and seamless freshness, and it finishes with tremendous length and detail. I appreciate how drinkable this is straight from the bottle, though it will have more to show with time in the cellar. (EB) (1/2021)

97 points Vinous

Expansive aromas of dark fruit liqueur, incense, black pepper, violet and spice-cake, along with hints of olive and cola that build steadily in the background. Fleshy and broad on the palate, offering impressively concentrated black/blue fruit, spice-cake and violet pastille flavors supported by a core of smoky minerality. Pliant and appealingly sweet on the strikingly long, floral-driven, penetrating finish, which is framed by suave, harmonious tannins. (JR) (12/2020)

95 points Wine Spectator

Polished and multilayered, with compelling blueberry and black raspberry flavors that are laced with fresh violets, stony minerality and smoked pepper notes. Glides on a long finish toward refined tannins. (TF) (3/2021)

Bottle Size:

750 mL

Storage History:

Stored in a climate controlled cellar on its side in the dark at 55 degrees F and 75% humidity since purchase.




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