2009 Saxum - James Berry Vineyard (Cuvee) 750ml

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2009 Saxum - James Berry Vineyard (Cuvee)
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Reviews For This Wine


 
International Wine Cellar | 96

(57% grenache, 31% mourvedre and 12% syrah): Deep, bright violet. Intensely perfumed black raspberry and blueberry on the nose, with seductive Asian spice, lavender and incense qualities emerging with air. Sappy red and dark berry liqueur flavors are lifted by juicy acidity picking up suave spice and floral pastille notes on the back end. Velvety tannins provide shape but are absorbed by the lush fruit, which carries through an extremely long, sappy, incisive finish.

Author: Josh Raynolds
Issue: Issue 159

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Wine Advocate | 98

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. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2021.

Drink Dates: 2014-2021
Author: Antonio Galloni
Issue: 196

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Wine Spectator | 97

Strikingly complex, rich and fruity, this beautifully proportioned red shows an initial burst of red berry fruit that echoes red and black licorice. This quickly gains traction and depth, with firm, layered tannins that give the spicy berry flavors a perfect foundation. Grenache, Mourvedre and Syrah.;

Drink Dates: 2011-2024
Author: James Laube


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Score: 94
Author: Danl
Trust Rating: 95
Tasted On: 11/01/2014
Score: 96
Author: G
Trust Rating: 95
Tasted On: 07/06/2014
Drink Dates:
Score: 94
Author: cglass80
Trust Rating: 86
Tasted On: 06/21/2014
Drink Dates: 2014-2022
Already showing well. Hold for another two years before opening another.
Score: 95
Author: Johnnymd
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 09/15/2013
More Vintages and Sizes of Saxum - James Berry Vineyard (Cuvee):

2011 (1.5L)
2011 (750ml)
2010 (750ml)
2008 (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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