2006 Saxon Brown “Owl Box” Syrah
Appellation: Sonoma Valley
Tasting Notes: 100% Syrah 14.5% ABV. I had this wine about 6 months ago at a wine dinner with the winemaker, Jeff Gaffner. We bought several bottles of Saxon Brown (and Xtant!) because of what we tasted that night, and it’s a shame there are only 220 cases of this produced, because it is fantastic wine and a great value. Everything we’ve had from this producer has been top notch, and you’ll see more tasting notes on their wines from me in the future.
Anyway, this wine is a very pretty violet color in the glass, with a nose of cassis, black fruit, and earth, compelling me to stop smelling it and start drinking it. So I did. WOW. Fantastic black and red fruit on a backdrop of earthiness, with a lingering dry finish. This is one of my favorite wines; just awesome. Pair this with duck, flavorful cheese (smoked gouda), or even a steak. I could rave about this wine for days, and only have one bottle left, so I need to hunt down some more.
Rating: 5/5; 19/20; 93/100
Price: $29.99 (I bought this at a discount at a wine dinner, I think the normal price would be $35 or so)
A note on ratings: I use the 100 point rating for Cellartracker, even though my palate is still developing. As a statistics geek, I know that the variability in scores works itself out as the number of scores increases. However, my score may not be yours, or Robert Parker’s. I much prefer to use a 5 point (or star, or whatever you want to call it) scale, as it more represents my reaction to wine, which is more simple than a 100 point scale represents. I like the 20 point scale as the more detailed score. On this site, I will provide all three, although the most meaningful are the 5 and 20 point ratings.