2005 Saxum - James Berry Vineyard Rocket Block 750ml

USA - California - San Luis Obispo - Paso Robles/ Red / Rhone Blend
2005 Saxum - James Berry Vineyard Rocket Block
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($75; 93% grenache and 7% syrah) Dark red. Graceful red berry and cherry aromas, with complicating floral and mineral qualities adding energy. Brisk but pliant redcurrant and strawberry on the palate, with silky tannins adding shape. Very fresh, elegant and precise, with the balance and suave acidity to reward cellaring. This is more understated than the other bottlings I tried at Saxum, but lacks nothing in flavor interest.

Author: Josh Raynolds
Issue: Issue 135

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Score: 96
Author: Charley
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 11/22/2012
Drink Dates:
Best wine of the evening, hands down. Not sure how Saxum does it, all that had the wine loved it. Big, with complexity and fruit. Great nose!
Score: 97
Author: RhoneRanger
Trust Rating: 91
Tasted On: 11/28/2010

About This Producer


Saxum Vineyards is focused on producing Syrah, Grenache, and Mourvedre-based blends from the Templeton Gap of Paso Robles, California. They let their rocky calcareous soils, steep hillsides, and cooling ocean breezes speak through their wines by keeping yields extremely low, picking fruit at the peak of ripeness, and using a minimalist approach in the cellar. Production is kept at a total of 2200-2800 cases per year divided between 6 different cuvees: Broken Stones, Heart Stone Vineyard, James Berry Vineyard, Booker Vineyards, Rocket Block and Bone Rock.

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