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2011 Saxum James Berry Vineyard (1.5l) [Printable View]
Producer: Saxum Vineyards   details
Appellation: Paso Robles - California - United States (AVA)
Type: red
Varietal: Syrah - Grenache - Mourvèdre
Maturity: Hold
Rating: n/a
Est. Price: US$178.00
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rated (2010 vintage, 750ml bottle) : August 28, 2012 , Antonio Galloni (WS)
96 points "Saxum's 2010 James Berry Vineyard is endowed with serious energy and tension, dark red fruit, flowers and spices. Rose petals and a hint of sweet spices add lift on an energetic, intense finish layered with huge dark red fruit. The 2010 is 52% Grenache (done in concrete), 26% Mourvedre and 22% Syrah." Best 2013-2020
rated (2012 vintage, 750ml bottle) : August 13, 2014 , WA
96 points "Also not yet bottled, the 2012 James Berry Vineyard Bone Rock, a similar blend to the ’11, is 92% Syrah, 5% Roussanne and 3% Mourvedre. This cuvee always shows brilliantly from barrel, and this is no exception, with it giving up gorgeous chocolaty dark fruits, white pepper, mint and charred meat-like aromas and flavors. Full-bodied, structured and tight, it has a tad more flesh than the ’11 did at this stage, yet will still need short-term cellaring to round into form. It will have upward of two decades of longevity. (96-99)." Best -2034
rated (2009 vintage, 750ml bottle) : August 3, 2011 , Antonio Galloni (WA)
98 points "Simply put, the 2009 James Berry Vineyard is one of the greatest young wines I have ever tasted from California, or anywhere for that matter. Bright, floral aromatics lead to expressive red fruit in this impossibly elegant, dazzling wine. A melange of rose petals, mint and licorice follows as the James Berry shows off its breathtaking clarity and finesse. Fine-grained, chalky tannins frame the exceptional finish. Frankly, I am surprised this is the first wine of the tasting. Where does one go from here? The 2009 James Berry is a bit of departure from previous vintages. This is the highest percentage of Grenache ever used in the blend, and a large portion of the Grenache was aged in concrete, an approach Smith has borrowed from producers in the Rhone. Originally Smith had intended to age less of the Grenache components in concrete, but the low yields of the vintage forced him to age about two-thirds of the Grenache in concrete. Call it a happy coincidence, but it certainly looks like things turned out well. Readers should do whatever they can to taste this fabulous wine. In 2009 the James Berry Vineyard is 57% Grenache, 31% Mourvedre and 12% Syrah." Best 2014-2021
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