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2012 Saxum - James Berry Vineyard (Cuvee)

UNITED STATES / CALIFORNIA / SAN LUIS OBISPO
abv 15.8%
  • 98 WA
  • 92 WS
  • 94 IWC
  • 18 JR
  • Variety
    Red Rhône Blend
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SKU: 181034-2012-750-2A
  • Rating:

    43% Grenache, 29% Mourvedre, 18% Syrah, 10% Counoise. 30-40% whole cluster pressed. The Grenache was matured in concrete tank and larger puncheons, the MourvA?Adre and Syrah matured in French oak.
  • Rating:

    The 2012 James Berry Vineyard stands out for its textural finesse, sweetness and overall balance. Sweet spices, red berries and flowers all meld together in a decidedly silky James Berry. The 2012 is 42% Grenache, 29% MourvAdre
  • Self | Rating: 96

    Author: fpark
  • Self | Rating: 96

    This wine has come into balance.
    Author: Johnnymd
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

  • 545 bottles owned
  • 127 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 96
    (Out of 127 collectors)