February 14, 2006

A Little About Loxton Winery

Last year, my partner in tasting (PIT) and I stopped by a relatively new winery called Loxton in Sonoma Valley. The best part of our visit was meeting Chris Loxton, who let us taste his Syrah and Zinfandel, both which were pretty good. Chris, who holds a doctorate in physics, was super friendly and SO enthusiastic about finally having his own business. He worked at Wellington Vineyards as a co-winemaker until the summer of 2001, when he left to start Loxton Cellars.
For our purposes, wines under 20 bucks, just one of his bottles this year fits the Cheapfunwines bill: the 2003 Shiraz, which is $16. (Chris also makes a 2003 Hillside Zinfandel, ($25) a 2002 Hillside Vineyards Syrah, ($24) and a 2004 Syrah Port, EnglandCrest Vineyard, Sonoma Valley. ($25)
Here's what he has to say about the Shiraz on his website:
With my father and grandfather as growers of Shiraz is Australia, isn’t this the wine I have to make? Perhaps a little more in synch with Australian Shiraz; it has great color, spiciness, blackberry aromas and a rich, ripe and jammy finish that reminds me of cherry cordial. Easily the best Shiraz I’ve made. Primarily made with the Australian Shiraz cuttings planted in the Rubaiyat Vineyard on Sonoma Mountain, with some fruit from the Timbervine Ranch in Russian River Valley. While tasting great now, this wine should be even better in 2006. Drink over the next 3-4 years. 246 cases produced.
I'm planning on stopping by Loxton when we head to Sonoma this weekend. (Ugh, it's supposed to rain!!)

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