2012 Saxon Brown “Fighting Brothers” Semillon
$24.95 (retail) Wine Club pricing reflected in receipt
Winemaker Jeff Gaffner’s career began in 1981 at Chateau St. Jean under the tutelage of renowned vintner Richard Arrowood. Most notably, Jeff was part of the winemaking team responsible for Chateau St. Jean’s 1996 Cinq Cepages, which was named the 1999 Wine of the Year by Wine Spectator Magazine. (We were lucky enough to taste this wine at Carpe Vino and it was awesome!)
In 1997, Jeff, together with wife Terisa, launched the family’s own wine label, Saxon Brown, named for the willful heroine in Jack London’s Valley of the Moon. The winery gained instant recognition for its flagship “old vine” Zinfandel from the family’s Casa Santinamaria Vineyard, one of only a few remaining classic, Italian field blended vineyards. As a second generation Sonoma Valley farmer, Jeff and his family have managed their prized, 100-year-old vineyard in Sonoma since 1934.
In addition to his own brand, Jeff consults on projects in Sonoma and Napa Valley, including Armida Winery, Three Sticks and Sand Hill Wines.
Winery Tasting Notes: “Exotic notes of white peach, citrus blossom and fig permeate our incredibly lively, refreshing and food-friendly 2012 Fighting Brothers Semillon. The crisp, high-toned fruit flavors are beautifully supported by the wonderfully rich, slightly yeasty mouthfeel. The wine finishes with tremendous length and finesse, ending with a flourish of floral accents.”
Blend: 100% chardonnay
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