Saxon Brown

(707) 939-9530 PO Box 1832
Sonoma, CA 95476
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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, 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 Read more »

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  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Zinfandel

    Parentage of the grape: Crljenak to Austria to America. In the 1970s, claims surfaced that the Italian Primitivo is l...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Sémillon

    History of the grape: Little is documented about the early years of this grape, which is surprising due to its distin...

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

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  • Saxon Pinot Noir Rose 2012


    Initial smell of vanilla. Read More

    Wine review by mark

  • Carnivores and grillers, a few reasons to love Syrah: it’s a fantastic ... alcohol. 95 points 2. Saxon BrownJeff Gaffner is the owner/winemaker of Saxon Brown, which he started in 1997 as a showcase for favorite vineyard sites. He learned winemaking under Richard Arrowood at Chateau St. Jean, and has since gone on to become a sought after cons... Read More

    From the article Top 15 Syrahs for Grilling

  • Saxon Brown Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2005


    Still bright, slightly fruity, but well aged and ready to drink, not tannic. Heavy but drinks smooth. Read More

    Wine review by alanb1108

  • Zinfandel, it’s no secret that I’ve carried on a long and intimate ... ...  92 2009 Saxon Brown Zinfandel Fighting Brothers Cuvée Sonoma Valley 15.5% $38 This shows off a big chocolate-laced nose, restrained and polished wood treatment, and spicy black cherry, Griottes jammy note. With bright acid on entry, followed by lovely soft and slightl... Read More

    From the article California Zinfandel: A Lesson in Vintage and Regional Success

  • Saxon-Brown Zinfandel Sonoma Valley Fighting Brothers Cuvée 2009


    This shows off a big chocolate-laced nose, restrained and polished wood treatment, and spicy black cherry, Griottes jammy note. With bright acid on entry, followed by lovely soft and slightly dusty tannins, this shows good support for the spiced (but not spicy) big red berry fruit that turns a bit inky on the backend. Theres some bitter red frui... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Saxon-Brown Zinfandel Sonoma Valley One Oak 2006


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    Wine review by jusjeremy

  • Im ordered 3 of their Zins last week and Tracy shipped it to me overnight for a surprisingly reasonable rate. When the wines arrives I made it a point to try all 3 so I would know what/if I wanted to order more of it. Wow!..all 3 were good and I am going to order more very soon. I can't wait to try their Pinot and Chardonnay. -Jerry

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  • This week I interviewed a local wine maker here in Western Pennsylvania for my podcast. He makes all of his wines from hybrid grapes because they grow best here in Western PA. His logic is that pretty much once a decade we have a winter cold enough to kill vitis vinifera grapes and they would never be able to reach their full potential here. Do ... Read More

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  • Saxon-Brown Pinot Noir Anderson Valley Black Kite Vineyard 2007


    I found the wine to be deep in character, the best of an evening of fine wine and food at an old favorite The Hobit. Read More

    Wine review by cotoflanders

  • Saxon-Brown Pinot Noir Russian River Valley Hayfield Block Durell Vineyard 2006


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    Wine review by jeffmacintyre

  • Saxon-Brown Pinot Noir Russian River Valley 2006


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