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2005 Saxum - James Berry Vineyard (Cuvee) Rhone Blend - USA - California - San Luis Obispo - Paso Robles - Red

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 »

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94
WA 97
WS 86
IWC 93
Drink Dates
Comm: 2012-2022 WA: 2014-2024 WS: 2008+
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IWC 93
Source International Wine Cellar
Issue Issue 135

($55; 70% syrah, 20% mourvedre and 10% grenache) Deep ruby. Intense raspberry and blackberry aromas are underscored by suave minerality and fresh violet, with a gentle tobacco quality adding depth. Medium in weight but packed with rich, sweet berry fruit and exotic floral pastille flavors. Seems to gain energy on the finish, which echoes the mineral and floral character. Very impressive and sure to reward at least four or five years of cellaring.

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WA 97
Source Wine Advocate
Issue 213
Drink Dates 2014-2024

Starting off the more southern Rhone-inspired blends, the 2005 James Berry Vineyard is a brilliant effort that's drinking perfectly. Made from 70% Syrah, 20% Mourvedre and 10% Grenache, it gives up incredible aromas of sweet blackcurrants, blackberry liqueur, spiced meats, licorice and roasted meats that are just now starting to show hints of evolution. Sweetly fruited and with full-bodied richness, this beauty is hard to resist and has fabulous concentration, sweet tannin and a seamless finish. It will have another decade of longevity, yet there is no harm in drinking it now.

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WS 86
Source Wine Spectator
Drink Dates 2008+

Spicy, talc like berry and fresh earth scents fold over to the palate. Medium-bodied, with good balance, leaving you hoping for a little more depth and flavor. Syrah, Mourvedre and Grenache. Drink now. 600 cases made.

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Author G
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 96.815%
Tasted On 10/18/2014
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Author Khaled H
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 99.038%
Tasted On 09/21/2014
Drink Dates 2012-2022

Very dark red. Super,concentrated. A liqueur of blackberries and cassis. Aromas of wild spring flowers, spices and mild earth. Very sophisticated. It was unfair to pit it against the 04 Abreu Thorevilos. Terrific, smooth wine

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Author Charley
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 98.662%
Tasted On 03/23/2014
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Very solid, perfectly balanced wine. Lots of fruit, a bit tight but with some time, seemed to release a bit. Think we are still on the upside of this wine.

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Author Jon S495
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 93.75%
Tasted On 08/02/2013
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Site / Blog   Trust Rating 89.474%
Tasted On 03/23/2013
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Author jsp2000
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 95.161%
Tasted On 12/23/2012
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Author Patrick
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Tasted On 11/29/2010
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