2008 Saxum - James Berry Vineyard (Cuvee) 1.5L

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2008 Saxum - James Berry Vineyard (Cuvee)
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International Wine Cellar | 95(+?)

($75; 52% grenache, 31% syrah and 17% mourvedre; 15.8% alcohol) Glass-staining ruby. A drop-dead bouquet displays red and dark berry preserves, potpourri, incense and smoky minerals. Sweet, sappy and penetrating, with open-knit raspberry and blackberry flavors complemented by notes of candied rose and violet. The palate-staining finish is broad, spicy and extremely persistent. This wine is approachable now but really deserves a good five more years of age.

Author: Josh Raynolds
Issue: Issue 153

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Wine Advocate | 98

The 2008 James Berry Vineyard (52% Grenache, 31% Mourvedre, and 17% Syrah) saw some of its Grenache aged in the concrete eggs that are now catching on among some of the top producers on California's Central Coast. With strong minerality from the limestone soil, this exuberant, fleshy, full-bodied wine is already drinking well. (I believe it was actually bottled just a day or two before my visit, which makes its performance that much more remarkable.) Dense purple, with sweet notes of barbecue smoke and meats as well as roasted herbs, extravagant black cherry, black currant, and blackberry fruit are all present in this wine, but there is plenty of underlying structure that comes from both the minerality and the Mourvedre component. Pure, full-bodied, but again, impressively elegant and nuanced, this is a tour de force and another prodigious example of this extraordinary vineyard site.

Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 190

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Wine Spectator | 97

Riveting aromas of fresh raspberry, mineral, wilted rose and wild berry turn firm and spicy, full-bodied and concentrated on the finish, yet the flavors dance with acidity. The purity of the crushed rock and snappy berry flavors is rivaled by the elegance and finesse evident in the texture, balance and length. Ends with a subtle touch of toasty oak and black licorice. Grenache, Mourvèdre and Syrah.

Drink Dates: 2011-2024
Author: James Laube


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Score: 96
Author: MJM
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 03/29/2014
Brilliant precision here. A little less sap than usual for this cuvee but balance and freshness is perfect. Great after 4 hours uncorked, no decant. Improved steadily in the glass. Drink or hold.
Score: 95
Author: Patrick
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 12/15/2013
Score: 96
Author: Johnnymd
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 01/05/2013

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Score: 95
Author: jsp2000
Trust Rating: 95
Tasted On: 12/25/2011
More Vintages and Sizes of Saxum - James Berry Vineyard (Cuvee):

2011 (1.5L)
2011 (750ml)
2010 (1.5L)
2010 (750ml)
2009 (1.5L)
2006 (1.5L)
2006 (750ml)
2004 (1.5L)

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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