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Saxon Brown Cabernet Sauvignon Napa 2007

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The fruit for our 2007 Saxon Brown Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is sourced from select Napa Valley vineyards where my relationship as a consulting winemaker gave us access to special blocks and even individual rows of fruit. We picked the grapes in the cool of the early morning and delivered them to the winery by 10 am to preserve the fresh fruit character. After very carefully destemming, we cold soaked the berries for three days at 45 degrees; pumping over 3-4 times daily. On the fourth day, the tank was allowed to slowly heat up and begin fermentation. During the 14-day fermentation, the must warmed from 45F to 92F, before being pressed off the skins to new French Burgundy barrels - yes, Burgundy barrels! To achieve the style I wanted and knew these grapes were capable of producing, we needed to age the wine in barrel for over three years, and for that I wanted to use the tightest grained barrels we could find. After 36 months in barrel and another 24 months in bottle, this wine is ready for the glass. Delicious! Owner/Winemaker: Jeff Gaffner

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Winery: Saxon Brown  
Color: Red
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
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Saxon Brown:
Thank you for choosing Saxon Brown Wines. We are a small, Sonoma Valley winery, owned and operated by my wife and I and our two boys. We source grapes from our family's century-old Casa Santinamaria Vineyard as well as from a handful of very special vineyard sites in Sonoma and Napa. Saxon Brown exists because I love making wine. I love the art of it, the science of it and, most of all, ... Read more
Thank you for choosing Saxon Brown Wines. We are a small, Sonoma Valley winery, owned and operated by my wife and I and our two boys. We source grapes from our family's century-old Casa Santinamaria Vineyard as well as from a handful of very special vineyard sites in Sonoma and Napa. Saxon Brown exists because I love making wine. I love the art of it, the science of it and, most of all, the tradition of it. I continue to be fascinated by wine's capacity for reflecting the subtlest of influences from the vineyard environment to the winemaker's touch. Our grapes are nurtured in the vineyard throughout the year and hand harvested based upon touch, smell, taste and look -- not numbers. In the cellar, we emphasize gentle handling, slow fermentations and (except in the case of our youthfully exuberant Semillon) lengthy aging to produce Zinfandel, Syrah and Pinot Noir that are unique for their elegance and longevity. We hope you enjoy our site and look forward to the chance to meet and clink glasses with you personally. Jeff Gaffner SAXON BROWN WINES Read less

The fruit for our 2007 Saxon Brown Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is sourced from select Napa Valley vineyards where my relationship as a consulting winemaker gave us access to special blocks and even individual rows of fruit. We picked the grapes in the cool of the early morning and delivered them to the winery by 10 am to preserve the fresh fruit character. After very carefully destemming, we cold soaked the berries for three days at 45 degrees; pumping over 3-4 times daily. On the fourth day, the tank was allowed to slowly heat up and begin fermentation. During the 14-day fermentation, the must warmed from 45F to 92F, before being pressed off the skins to new French Burgundy barrels - yes, Burgundy barrels! To achieve the style I wanted and knew these grapes were capable of producing, we needed to age the wine in barrel for over three years, and for that I wanted to use the tightest grained barrels we could find. After 36 months in barrel and another 24 months in bottle, this wine is ready for the glass. Delicious! Owner/Winemaker: Jeff Gaffner

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