2006 Saxum - James Berry Vineyard Cuvee 750ml

USA - California - San Luis Obispo - Paso Robles/ Red / Rhone Blend
2006 Saxum - James Berry Vineyard Cuvee
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Wine Advocate | 95

An unfined/unfiltered blend of 45% Syrah, 38% Grenache, and 17% Mourvedre, aged 32 months in a combination of wood vessels, the prodigious 2006 James Berry Vineyard Proprietary Red exhibits beautiful sweet creme de cassis, black raspberry, blackberry, truffle, smoke, and herb notes. This spicy, rich, full-bodied effort should drink beautifully for a decade.

Drink Dates: 2009-2019
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 184

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Wine Spectator | 92

Pushes the pedal on ripeness, touching on jammy, full-blown and concentrated. Blackberry, graphite, plum jam and wild berry fruit is mouthcoating, as are the tannins. With air, gains a measure of finesse. Syrah, Grenache and Mourvèdre.

Drink Dates: 2008-2014
Author: James Laube
Issue: Web

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Score: 95
Author: Johnnymd
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 07/07/2012
Drink Dates: 2012-2016
Intense but with great finesse and balance.
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Author: MJM
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 01/09/2012
Unfortunately this bottle showed excess heat and VA.
Score: 98
Author: SingKevin
Trust Rating: 94
Tasted On: 12/09/2010
Score: 94
Author: Patrick
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 01/03/2010
Drink Dates: 2011-2018
Getting better
Score: 93
Author: dougwilder
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 03/18/2009
Site Blog: dougwilder - the purely domestic wine blog Aromas: deep carbon with saturated cherry and plum sprinkled with lavender-infused sea salt and wet quartz Palate: again, quite expansive with full throttle, nearly primal flood of graphite and salt leading to smooth butterscotch and black raspberry on the mid-palate Impression: Wickedly concentrated, with plenty of viscous, textured flavor elements, again the high alcohol is masked for the most part by the copious fruit body. Strict satisfaction for the fruit hedonista. If you want to stand out in a crowd, here is your weapon...

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More Vintages and Sizes of Saxum - James Berry Vineyard Cuvee:

2011 (750ml)
2010 (1.5L)
2010 (750ml)

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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