Strikingly complex, rich and fruity, this beautifully proportioned red ... Drink now though 2024. -JL
Four and a half glasses
gorgeous color - smooth all the way through. Scents of cherry with a sweet after note. definitely detect the alcohol if you put your nose in the glass. Tastes of coffee and caramel with a plum/cherry fruit woven throughout the taste. Nice finish. Balance is a a little disproportionate with fruit up front followed by the acidity and alcohol.
Four and a half glasses
External Reviews for Saxum Red Rhone Blend Paso Robles James Berry Vineyard
100 Points - Robert Parker, Wine Advocate WOW - what a wine, what a score - kudos to Justin Smith! 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. One of Californias super-star producers, Saxum owns one of the states most remarkable vineyard sites, the James Berry Vineyard, which has been broken into a number of different blocks, all planted on rocky limestone hillsides. This estates approach to winemaking is decidedly artisinal, with extraordinarily small yields as well as a minimalistic winemaking philosophy. Proprietors Justin and Heather Smith, who seem much too young to be producing such prodigious wines, fashion separate blends from the different blocks of the James Berry Vineyard. They also produce a cuvee from the 7-acre Heart Stone Vineyard (also planted on limestone soils) and one from the Booker Vineyard. Saxums 2006s are all home runs, but the utterly prodigious 2007s should resonate for decades, and showcase the brilliant potential of these limestone hillside sites west of Highway 101. Kudos to everyone at Saxum. My visit began with two of Smiths experimental cuvees, which are only available to mailing list customers. As remarkable as the 2006s are, the 2007s are even more prodigious, showcasing just how brilliant certain Paso Robles terroirs can be. Even the most cynical observers of the Rhone Ranger scene will have to take notice of these wines. Even though some of the 2007s had just undergone bottling, I was blown away by how well they performed just a week after being bottled (often one of the worst times to taste a wine). In short, Saxums prodigious 2007s are even more nuanced, complex, and concentrated than their brilliant 2006s.
A Proprietary Blend wine from California in USA. 2007 Saxum James Berry Vineyard 1500ml
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, Mourvèdre and Syrah. Drink now through 20... Wine Spectator. A Proprietary Blend wine from California in USA. 2007 Saxum James Berry Vineyard 1500ml
A Proprietary Blend wine from California in USA. 2006 Saxum 32 James Berry Vineyard 750ml
The prodigious 2006 James Berry Vineyard (45% Syrah, 38% Grenache, and 17% Mourvedre) is one of this challenging vintage's top efforts. Performing even better this year than it did in 2007, it reveals phenomenal concentration, a superb texture, and a... Robert Parker's Wine Advocate. A Proprietary Blend wine from California in USA. 2006 Saxum James Berry Vineyard 1500ml
The other experimental cuvee is the 2006 ô32 James Berry Vineyard. A blend of 43% Syrah, 38% Grenache, and 19% Mourvedre aged 32 months in small barrels and demi-muids, it boasts loads of kirsch liqueur, lavender, pepper, spice box, and earth charac... Robert Parker. A Proprietary Blend wine from California in USA. 2006 Saxum 32 James Berry Vineyard 750ml