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2011 Saxum James Berry Vineyard (750ml)
Producer: Saxum Vineyards saxumvineyards.com
Appellation: Paso Robles - California - United States (AVA)
Type: red
Varietal: Syrah - Grenache - Mourvèdre
Maturity: Hold
Rating: Outstanding
Est. Price: US$89.00
Alcohol %: 15.5
Tasting Notes:
rated: August 15, 2012 , Antonio Galloni (WS)
95 points "Grenache takes center stage in the 2011 James Berry Vineyard. A wine of incomparable grace, the 2011 is endowed with stunning delineation from start to finish. Sweet roses, grilled herbs, flowers and mint are just some of the many nuances that come to life in this polished and highly promising wine. In 2011, James Berry is approximately 69% Grenache, 15% Mourvedre and 13% Syrah. (95-97)." Best -2019
rated: August 19, 2013 , Jeb Dunnuck
94 points "The 2011 James Berry Vineyard is a lithe, lively and energetic example of this cuvee. Made from 69% Grenache, 13% Mourvedre, 13% Syrah, 2% Counoise (first vintage to have this variety) and a splash of Roussanne, with the Grenache brought up in concrete and everything else in puncheon, it offers up stunningly pure raspberry, blackberry, pepper, violets, flowers and spice to go with a full-bodied, elegant mouthfeel that builds on the palate. Seamless, pure and with fine tannin framing the finish, it will need short-term cellaring and drink beautifully through 2026. (94-96)." Best 2015-2026
rated: November 19, 2013 , IWC
94 points "(69% grenache, 15% mourvedre, 13% syrah, 2% counoise and 1% roussanne; 15.5% alcohol): Inky ruby. Sexy, highly perfumed aromas of red fruit liqueur, lavender and Asian spices, with a bright mineral overtone. Rich and fleshy but lively, offering intense raspberry and cherry-cola flavors and exotic star anise and floral pastille accents. Silky tannins sneak in late and add shape to a long, smooth and alluringly sweet finish. The grenache in this blend was raised in a large concrete vat."
rated: November 24, 2013 , The Wine Advocate erobertparker.com
96 points Best 2015-2026