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2004 Saxum - James Berry Vineyard (Cuvee) Rhone Blend - USA - California - San Luis Obispo - Paso Robles - Red

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USA - California - San Luis Obispo - Paso Robles

Red Rhone Blend
Producer Notes

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... More »

IWC 93
WA 91
Drink Dates
VF: 2008-2015 VF: 2008-2015
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750ml $114.95

IWC 93
Source International Wine Cellar
Issue Issue 128

($45; 38% syrah, 36% grenache and 26% mourvedre) Deep ruby-red. Slightly high-toned aromas of cherry, truffle, cotton candy and smoked meat. Silky-sweet and seductive on entry, then sappy and spicy in the middle, with terrific acidity framing and lifting the blueberry and violet flavors. Wonderfully sweet wine, finishing with smooth tannins and lovely perfume. A superb example of the captivating blends being made in Paso Robles from Rhone Valley grapes.

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WA 91
Source Wine Advocate
Issue 166

The deep ruby/purple-hued 2004 James Berry Vineyard (500 cases) is a blend of 38% Syrah, 36% Grenache, and 26% Mourvedre. Sweet kirsch, licorice, cassis, and floral notes are found in this supple, round, tasty effort. Reminiscent of a 2003 Cotes de Nuits grand cru red Burgundy, it is complex as well as surprisingly forward. However, I suspect there is plenty in reserve. It will be interesting to follow this wine's evolution. I do not think it will be one of Proprietor Justin Smith's blockbusters, but it's a beauty.

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Author Charley
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 98.317%
Tasted On 03/14/2015
Drink Dates

As the Quintarelli Rosso fell off, we opened this bottle. Much deeper wine which matched the food better (ribs). All liked it more, just more there there.

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Author Seaway J
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 97.984%
Tasted On 12/05/2010

My first James Berry. pop and pour. It listed as 16% alcohol. No spritz. Initial sip was already fantastic. great nose coupled with pure fruit and soft tannin bolstered by great acidity. One hour later, it was dominated by endless mineral driven after taste. At the end of it, we are afraid to open another different bottle, in fear of ruining the aftertaste. I am glad I am in the mailing list. RP gave it 91 and I said it is 96. For this kind of wine, I really don't care how low the score is. I will buy them for the mineral quality alone.

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Author Patrick
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 96.269%
Tasted On 12/25/2008

Very well integrated, balanced and great to drink. Who'd a thought this was from Paso Robles.

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Author Brad Coelho
Site / Blog Unidentified Appellation Trust Rating 96.952%
Tasted On 06/18/2008
Drink Dates 04/01/2008

Another intensely fashioned, full-throttle New World blend that didn'tpull any punches, but seemed capable of landing them much more often than the Outpost was. Rich, toasty and delicious flavors sent tingles up the spine, sporting licorice, clove, blackberry liqueur, raspberry reduction and vanilla beans. The fruit was frank and sweet, gliding over firmly defined, sweet tannins in an opulent, but easy going fashion. Well done

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