• Home
  • 2009 Saxum James Berry Vineyard Cuvée

2009 Saxum James Berry Vineyard Cuvée

UNITED STATES / CALIFORNIA / SAN LUIS OBISPO
abv 15.8%
  • 98 WA
  • 97 WS
  • 96 IWC
  • 97 JS
  • Variety
    Red Rhône Blend
See all wines from Saxum
See other vintages 2006 | 2007 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012 | 2013 | 2014 | 2015 | 2016 |
In stock|Sold out

learn more about producers & collectors

SKU: 181034-2009

This item is available by the case only

Total:
$160.00

This is a final sale item

Not eligible for cancellations or refunds

  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 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: November/December 2011
  • JamesSuckling.com | Rating: 97

    Beautiful aromas of violets and sandalwood. Bright fruit too, with citrus, zest and mineral notes. Full, yet compacted and dense. Long and spicy yet minerally and fruity. Warm finish. So wonderful now but will age beautifully. Amazing elegance. The bulk of the Grenache was aged in concrete vats of about 17.8 hectolters. 57% Grenache, 31% Mourvedre, and 12% Syrah.
    Author: James Suckling
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 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.
    Author: Antonio Galloni
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 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.
    Author: James Laube
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Author: Danl
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Author: Johnnymd
  • Self | Rating: 96

    Author: G
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Already showing well. Hold for another two years before opening another.
    Drink Dates: 2014-2022
    Author: cglass80
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.

California is the heartland of wine production in the US, and the state that brought prestige to American wine thanks to the pioneers who built early wineries like Staglin, Beringer, Ridge, Mayacamas and Chateau Montelena in the 1800s. Its large geographic area ensures a great diversity in growing sites, varieties grown, and quality levels. Generalizations about the state's wines have numerous exceptions; however, a few key facts generally hold true—ample sunshine, dry weather during the growing season, and moderate winters prevail. Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon continue to dominate the state's production—albeit in continually smaller percentages, as growers continue to diversify. More than 100 different varieties can be found throughout the state.

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 955 bottles owned
  • 194 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 94
    (Out of 194 collectors)