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2013 Saxum Booker Vineyard, 1.5ltr

Removed from a subterranean, temperature and humidity controlled residential cellar; Purchased upon release; Consignor is original owner

Ends Sunday, 7pm Pacific

RATINGS

98-99The Wine Advocate

Full throttle notes of blackberries and assorted dark fruits, ground herbs, gamy meat and crushed rock. Big, full-bodied, concentrated and with a stacked mid-palate and a blockbuster finish, it has the fruit and texture to impress

92-94Vinous / IWC

Glass-staining purple. High-pitched cherry, cassis and licorice scents pick up spice and mineral qualities with air. Suave, densely packed red fruit preserve and violet pastille flavors are braced by juicy acidity.

REGION

United States, California, Central Coast, Paso Robles

Paso Robles AVA is midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, and it is considered one of the West Coast’s most exciting winemaking regions. With its hot, sometimes searingly dry and sunny weather, it is especially good country for growing warm climate grapes such as Syrah, Grenache and Mourvedre. Because many Paso Robles wineries have been successful with blending these grapes into Rhone Valley-style wines, it is known as the Rhone zone of California. The AVA was created in 1983 and there are 32,000 vineyard acres. In late 2014 the AVA was divided into 11 smaller sub-appellations, so starting with 2015 vintages labeling will become more specific on Paso Robles wines, which will now also list sub-appellations. Located in San Luis Obispo County, Paso Robles, the town and its surrounding area, was traditionally a farming and ranching region. But from a few dozen wineries in the early 1990s to more than 200 today, the area is quickly becoming known for wine and risk-taking winemakers.