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2010 Saxum James Berry Vineyard Cuvée

UNITED STATES / CALIFORNIA / SAN LUIS OBISPO
  • 97 WA
  • 94 WS
  • 96 IWC
  • Variety
    Red Rhône Blend

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SKU: 181034-2010-750

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  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 96

    Readers will have to be patient with the 2010 James Berry Vineyard. Still reticent and very tightly wound, the 2010 is in no mood to show the full breadth of its personality. There is wonderful purity to the Grenache-inflected red toned fruit, even if the wine remains reticent. All of the energy and tension I found in the wine last year remains present. If anything, the 2010 is even less expressive today than it was a year ago. The James Berry is 52% Grenache (done in concrete), 26% Mourvedre and 22% Syrah. - Antonio Galloni
    Drink Dates: 2015-2022
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 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
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 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, MourvAdre and Syrah."
    Drink Dates: 2014-2026
    Author: James Laube
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Author: Johnnymd
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Author: Patrick
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    Drink Dates: 2014-2031
    Author: allen228
  • Self | Rating: 97

    On this wonderful wine night (and wonderful food and family setting), we had two outstanding wines, the 2010 Pegau and the 2010 Saxum James Berry Vineyard. Both were stunning wines; it would be VERY hard to say one was better than the other. The differences, for two similar wines of the same year and of the similar construction, were marked. Certainly, the Pegau was less fruit forward, more defined and gave you the sense that you were drinking something made of silk. The Saxum was part fruit bomb (not bad or not Napa Cab) and part understatement. You could drink the Saxum in little sips and almost taste each individual bite of a strawberry, apple and fig. Just a stunning wine. Both were over the top good. PS - At the end of the day, I gave the Saxum a 1 pt. advantage over the Pegau, I just love the stuff!
    Author: Charley
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.

While the Northern Rhône is known mostly for single-varietal wines from Syrah or Viognier, the Southern Rhône is known for complex blends. Châteauneuf-du-Pape, for example, allows up to 13 different varieties in a blend leaving winemakers ample room to experiment. This variation makes it almost impossible to describe a typical Rhône blend. Regardless of style, the common goal of these winemakers is to manage high tannin and alcohol levels in order to produce a balanced wine.

The most widely planted variety, Grenache, dominates most Rhône blends and adds concentrated spiced red fruit flavors with cinnamon, raspberry, and tobacco characteristics. Syrah and Mourvèdre add color and tannin, with Syrah contributing aromas of blueberry, pepper, and bacon while Mourvèdre adds dense black fruit flavors and gamey and meaty aromas. Cinsault provides red fruit flavor. For the best expression of this complex blend turn to Châteauneuf-du-Pape, and classic producers like Château de Beaucastel, Clos des Papes, or Domaine du Pegau.

Many New-World wine regions, particularly in California and Australia, have adopted this winemaking method. The best examples come from San Luis Obispo producers Saxum, Sine Qua Non, and Alban.

The complexity and spice-forward flavor profile of Rhône blends pair best with herb-roasted turkey, pork chops, a range of cheeses, or spiced vegetables. 

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 734 bottles owned
  • 139 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 95
    (Out of 139 collectors)