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2011 Torrin Maven James Berry Vineyard

  • 95 WA
  • 93 WS
  • Variety
    Proprietary Blend

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SKU: 288682-2011-750

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  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 95

    One of my favorites in the lineup and just another example showcasing how special this vineyard is, the 2011 Torrin James Berry Vineyard offers thrilling black cherry, cassis, spring flowers and licorice to go with a medium to full-bodied, seamless and silky profile that carries superb richness, while staying graceful and weightless. A blend of 52% Syrah and 48% Grenache (with a splash of Roussanne) that spent 18 months in a combination of small and large 50% new barrels, this is a decidedly perfumed, elegant and nuanced wine from Scott. Drink it over the coming decade.
    Author: Jeb Dunnuck
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 93

    Pure, rich and vivid blackberry and wild berry fruit forms the core of this dense, dark beauty. Firm at points, supple at others, this shows both muscle and finesse, finishing with a layer of mocha and black licorice. Grenache and Syrah. Drink now through 2028. 178 cases made.
    Author: James Laube
  • Self | Rating: 93

    WA 93: Starting with the 2011 The Maven, this blend of 90% Grenache and 10% Syrah (this cuvee is moving toward more and more Grenache) spent 18 months in 30% new 500-Liter, French oak barrels prior to bottling. It offers classy, savory and seamless texture to go with plenty of kirsch, Turkish spice, ground herbs and baking spices on the nose. A medium to full-bodied effort, it opens up nicely in the glass, has solid mid-palate depth and chewy tannin that comes through on the finish. Give it another year or two in the cellar, and it will impress through 2023. Made by Scott Hawley, these are classic Paso blends that never lack for fruit or texture, yet always back it up with superb underlying structure. Starting in 2011, there are two new cuvees: the James Berry Vineyard, which comes from Scott's cooler blocks in the vineyard (and James Berry is a cool spot) and the Law Vineyard, which comes from Law Estate's hot, higher elevation terroir. The James Berry is nearly equal parts Grenache and Syrah (there's more Grenache in 2012), and the Law Vineyard is more Syrah-dominated. Both of these new releases are awesome. The style here seams slightly shifted to a more savory, chewy and focused feel, and both of these 2011s and 2012s will benefit from short-term cellaring. As with a number of estates that have moved toward a more savory style, the tannin balance will be something to watch.
    Author: VinoDeparture

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Collector Data For This Wine

  • 28 bottles owned
  • 9 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 93
    (Out of 9 collectors)