2007 Saxum - James Berry Vineyard Cuvee 750ml

USA - California - San Luis Obispo - Paso Robles/ Red / Rhone Blend
2007 Saxum - James Berry Vineyard Cuvee
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Wine Advocate | 100

Utter perfection, and one of the most profound Rhone Ranger wines I have ever tasted is the 2007 James Berry Vineyard Proprietary Red, a blend of 41% Grenache, 31% Mourvedre, and 28% Syrah (15.8% alcohol). It would be an amazing wine to insert in a tasting of the most profound 2007 Chateauneuf du Papes. As with many prodigious wines, the extraordinary freshness, purity, equilibrium, and singularity of this effort is breathtaking. Its dense purple color is accompanied by an extraordinary, incredibly pure, all enveloping, intense, sweet nose of black raspberries, kirsch, spring flowers, spice box, and pepper. Full-bodied with not a hard edge to be found, it is stunningly concentrated with unreal purity, a voluptuous texture, and remarkable freshness for a wine of such power, depth, and concentration. This 2007 will be approachable young, although I would not be surprised to see it close down given the relatively elevated proportion of Mourvedre, and it should drink well for 12-15 years.

Drink Dates: 2009-2024
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 184

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Wine Spectator | 98

An amazing wine, dense, rich and layered, offering a mix of power and finesse, with concentrated dark berry fruit, mineral, sage, herb and cedar notes that are pure, intense, focused and persistent. Grenache, Mourvedre and Syrah. 950 cases made.

Drink Dates: 2010-2018
Author: James Laube


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Score: 93
Author: Johnnymd
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 11/22/2013
Lighter than expect. Adds weight with time open. Lots of blue berry. Preferred young version more than current taste.

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Score: 99
Author: tiberite
Trust Rating: 95
Tasted On: 05/12/2013
Site Blog: mac_h
Score: 98
Author: cglass80
Trust Rating: 87
Tasted On: 12/24/2012
Drink Dates: 2013-2019
Score: 100
Author: SeaRanch
Tasted On: 02/10/2012
Score: 98
Author: Patrick
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 07/03/2011
Nose and palate are confounding with some many things going on. Thick and well balanced. Everyone enjoyed trying this.
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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