2007 Saxum - James Berry Vineyard (Cuvee) 1.5L

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WA 100   WS 98   Collector 98
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Professional Reviews For This Wine

Wine Advocate | Rating: 100

Utter perfection, and one of the most profound Rhone Ranger wines I have ever tasted is the 2007 James Berry Vineyard Proprietary Red, a blend of 41% Grenache, 31% Mourvedre, and 28% Syrah (15.8% alcohol). It would be an amazing wine to insert in a tasting of the most profound 2007 Chateauneuf du Papes. As with many prodigious wines, the extraordinary freshness, purity, equilibrium, and singularity of this effort is breathtaking. Its dense purple color is accompanied by an extraordinary, incredibly pure, all enveloping, intense, sweet nose of black raspberries, kirsch, spring flowers, spice box, and pepper. Full-bodied with not a hard edge to be found, it is stunningly concentrated with unreal purity, a voluptuous texture, and remarkable freshness for a wine of such power, depth, and concentration. This 2007 will be approachable young, although I would not be surprised to see it close down given the relatively elevated proportion of Mourvedre, and it should drink well for 12-15 years.

Drink Dates: 2009-2024
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 184

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 98

An amazing wine, dense, rich and layered, offering a mix of power and finesse, with concentrated dark berry fruit, mineral, sage, herb and cedar notes that are pure, intense, focused and persistent. Grenache, Mourvedre and Syrah. 950 cases made.

Drink Dates: 2010-2018
Author: James Laube

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Collector Reviews For This Wine

Author: cglass80
Trust Rating: 85
Tasted On: 12/27/2014
still too young in Magnum - much more muted than the 750ml consumed in 2013.

1 of 1 people found this review useful.

Rating: 100
Author: SeaRanch
Trust Rating: 83
Tasted On: 02/10/2012

0 of 1 people found this review useful.

Rating: 100
Author: G
Trust Rating: 95
Tasted On: 11/26/2014
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0 of 1 people found this review useful.

Rating: 99
Author: tiberite
Trust Rating: 95
Tasted On: 05/12/2013
Site Blog: mac_h

0 of 1 people found this review useful.

Rating: 93
Author: Johnnymd
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 11/22/2013
Lighter than expect. Adds weight with time open. Lots of blue berry. Preferred young version more than current taste.

0 of 1 people found this review useful.

Average rating: 99, based on 7 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

289 bottles owned by 241 collectors.

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About This Producer

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.

Wine Varietal: Rhone Blend

"Rhone blends" are typically red wines comprised of Syrah, Grenache, and Mourvedre in varying proportions. However, the red blends may also include any of the traditional varieties grown in the Rhone Valley such as the 14 allowed in the Chateauneuf-du-Pape appellation. There are also Rhone blend roses which use the same varieties as their red counterparts. White Rhone blends are typically some combination of Marsanne, Roussanne, Viognier, Grenache blanc, and lesser varieties.

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