2010 Saxum - James Berry Vineyard (Cuvee) 1.5L

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2010 Saxum - James Berry Vineyard (Cuvee)
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Reviews For This Wine


 
International Wine Cellar | 94

(32% grenache, 26% mourvedre and 22% syrah, mostly fermented in concrete; 15.8% alcohol): Glass-staining ruby. Ripe blackberry and cherry on the intensely perfumed nose and in the mouth. Dense but surprisingly energetic, offering sweet black raspberry and candied lavender flavors and a hint of cola. Supple tannins give shape to a long, sweet, strikingly lively finish, which echoes the floral note.

Author: Josh Raynolds
Issue: Issue 165

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Wine Advocate | 97

Sporting a vibrant ruby, semi-opaque color, the 2010 James Berry Vineyard is the most tight, backward version of this cuvee that I can recall. A blend of 52% Grenache, 26% Mourvedre, and 22% Syrah, it has a decidedly savory bouquet of blackberry liqueur, kirsch, violets, bouquet garni, ground pepper, and graphite. Full-bodied and layered on the palate, with brilliant mid-palate concentration, superb freshness, and masses of tannin, this brilliant Rhone blend from Paso Robles will stand toe-to-toe with the best wines out there, but it is not for those seeking instant gratification and will require 4-5 years of bottle age. In 2010, the Grenache component was aged in a combination of concrete tank and oak puncheons, and this shows in both the aromatics and texture, with less obvious sweetness and more freshness. It will evolve gracefully for two decades.

Drink Dates: 2014-2034
Author: Jeb Dunnuck
Issue: 213

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Wine Spectator | 94

The intense, vivid blackberry, blueberry, pepper and spice notes are tightly focused and persistent in this red, ending with a long finish and tannins that give the flavors traction. Very pure and rambunctious, and should only get better with time. Grenache, Mourvèdre and Syrah.

Drink Dates: 2014-2026
Author: James Laube


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Score: 95
Author: Johnnymd
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 05/10/2014
Building heft with bottle age, moderately intense fruit core of dark blackberry and blueberry.
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Author: allen228
Tasted On: 09/30/2012
Drink Dates: 2014-2031
More Vintages and Sizes of Saxum - James Berry Vineyard (Cuvee):

2011 (1.5L)
2011 (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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