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Saxon Brown Semillon 2006

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2006 Saxon Brown Pinot Noir Durell Hayfield Sonoma Valley "Fragrant cherry, berry and floral scents are delicate and refined on the palate, offering depth, focus and length. Drink now through 2010. 263 cases made." JLThis Pinot Noir exhibits exceptional color. Aromas of sweet black cherry, blackberry, cinnamon and clove spice. Slightly more earthy than our Parmelee-Hill Pinot with a touch of chanterelle mushroom. A rich mouthfeel with long tannins and a lingering sweet, supple finish. This is a powerful yet seductive wine. 150 cases made. Jeff Gaffner, Winemaker One of those rare 'rock star' vineyards, Durell is coveted for its small clusters of deeply concentrated fruit. Saxon Brown is fortunate to be one of only a few wineries with access to the tiny Hayfield Block, from which this elegant and age worthy Pinot Noir is produced.This is a California Wine

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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

Editorial Reviews for Saxon Brown Semillon

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065222,085
4.50 5
01/21/2009

Deeply fleshy and earthy on the nose with slightly smoky ham, cola, and toasted almond notes. Warm red currant and black cherry fruit emerges with air and features a touch of tar and oily herbs with a sappy green wood stemminess. Soft yet expansive in the mouth with almost imperceptibly fine tannins and ok acidity. Very richly flavored, with expansiveness that seeps into the corners of the mouth. Ripe and decidedly new worldy but with assertive mineral and stem notes that keep the solid yet delicate, intense red berry fruit from becoming monotonous. A vanilla top note leads to a cleansing, brisk finish with tiny tannins emerging through the plush fruits. 93pts

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Snooth User: jazzmanATB
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12/03/2008

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Source: The Wine Closet
07/20/2010

Saxon Brown 06 Semillon, Casa Santinamaria - "Old Vine, Field Blended" Vineyard: Planted about 75 years ago on one of the most magnificent sites in all of Sonoma Valley, Casa Santinamaria is planted to a classic white field blend of Semillon, Muscadelle du Bordelaise and Sauvignon blanc. The vineyard is head pruned and dry farmed with a yield of less than a ton per acre. For many years this fruit has been sold to a winery in Napa Valley for their reserve program. In 2001 we decided it was time to keep the fruit for Saxon Brown. Winemaking : Fruit for this wine was harvested with great care at 24.3 brix into small bins during the cool early morning hours. It was whole fruit pressed and cold settled. After racking, the juice was intentionally inoculated at a very low rate and low volume and then cold tank fermented for 62 days at 52-55F. We did this to retain the bright fruit flavors so easily lost during fermentation. After fermentation, the wine was kept on the yeast for an additional three months to imbue the vibrant varietal flavors with a hint of soft richness. The final blend contains 75% Semillon, 23% Muscadelle du Bordelaise and 2% Sauvignon Blanc. Tasting Notes : For many years I have wanted to make a wine in this style, a wine that is lively and refreshing with good food affinity. Our 2005 Semillon fits the bill and then some. In addition to vibrant white peach, citrus blossom and fig flavors, the wine offers a rich, slightly yeasty mouthfeel and a lingering creamy finish. NO OAK. Case Production : 324 cases



2006 Saxon Brown Pinot Noir Durell Hayfield Sonoma Valley "Fragrant cherry, berry and floral scents are delicate and refined on the palate, offering depth, focus and length. Drink now through 2010. 263 cases made." JLThis Pinot Noir exhibits exceptional color. Aromas of sweet black cherry, blackberry, cinnamon and clove spice. Slightly more earthy than our Parmelee-Hill Pinot with a touch of chanterelle mushroom. A rich mouthfeel with long tannins and a lingering sweet, supple finish. This is a powerful yet seductive wine. 150 cases made. Jeff Gaffner, Winemaker One of those rare 'rock star' vineyards, Durell is coveted for its small clusters of deeply concentrated fruit. Saxon Brown is fortunate to be one of only a few wineries with access to the tiny Hayfield Block, from which this elegant and age worthy Pinot Noir is produced.This is a California Wine

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