2005 Saxon Brown Parmalee Hill Pinot Noir
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"Saxon Brown (named after a character in Jack London's "Valley of the Moon") is a small Sonoma winery producing less than 1500 cases a year of Pinot Noir, Syrah and Zinfandel. ...
"Saxon Brown (named after a character in Jack London's "Valley of the Moon") is a small Sonoma winery producing less than 1500 cases a year of Pinot Noir, Syrah and Zinfandel. Owner and winemaker Jeff Gaffner, with his wife Terisa, started the winery in 1997. Jeff, a second generation grape farmer, is a 27 year veteran of the wine industry. The family has owned their prized Santinamaria vineyard since 1934 and Jeff has had a stellar career as a winemaker including a stint at Chateu St. Jean where he was head winemaker working directly with Richard Arrowood. In 1996, Gaffner, as part of the winemaking team at Chateau St. Jean, launched "Cinq Cepages' which would go on to be named the Wine Spectator's "Wine of the Year" in 1999. Gentle pressing, cold soaks, native yeasts and ridiculously low yields in the vineyard (a half ton per acre for the old vine zin!) Saxon Brown is dedicated to gentile, hands on winemaking and is one of the few wine producers in California to keep the tradition of field blending alive. Gaffner draws from his family's century-old Casa Santinamaria Vineyard in Sonoma for his old vine, field blended Zinfandel and Semillon. Meticulous vineyard work followed by gentle vinification and extended barrel and bottle aging are the hallmarks of Saxon Brown wines, which are made to be both elegant and ageworthy. The only exception is the Saxon Brown Semillon which is made to be enjoyed in its youth when it is lively and rich with lush fruit flavors." -Winery