Saxon Brown Pinot Noir 2015, Rosella’s Vineyard, Santa Lucia Highlands
Saxon Brown’s winemaker, Jeff Gaffner, began his career at Chateau St. Jean, under the tutelage of renowned vintner Richard Arrowood, who Jeff credits with teaching him the importance of being as passionate about growing the grapes as making the wine. While at Chateau St. Jean, Jeff was part of the winemaking team responsible for the winery’s celebrated 1996 Cinq Cepages, which was named Wine of the Year by Wine Spectator Magazine. Jeff launched Saxon Brown to focus on small single vineyard bottlings reflecting his preference for elegantly structured, well balanced and age worthy wines. In addition to Saxon Brown, Jeff enjoys critical acclaim as consulting winemaker for artisan labels including Xtant (Napa Valley), Stephanie by Hestan (Napa Valley), Black Kite Cellars (Anderson Valley) and Ram’s Gate Winery (Carneros).
Sustainably farmed, the Saxon Brown PInot Noir 2013, Rosella’sVineyard, Santa Lucia Hioghlands is “deep and detailed with very pure, ripe cherry fruit, neatly placed oak and hints of dried flowers in the nose. Inviting flavors build on its aromas, very well-constructed, at once succulent and sleek with the balance and fruity stamina of a wine destined to age famously. Tasty now. A carefully made Pinot Noir.” Connoisserur’s Guide 91 Points. “Another terrifric wine. A beautifully textured and forward style.” Wine Advocate 91 Points. Blended 50% of the infamous Pisoni Clone for the wild, exotic and slow-revealing elements, and 50% of the baked cherry 777 clone. It shows flowers, spice, tobacco and a dark, brooding palate. Only 226 cases made.