Saxum James Berry Vineyard Proprietary Red 2017
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Saxum James Berry Vineyard Proprietary Red 2017

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750ml

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Category Red Wine
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Region California, Central Coast, Paso Robles
Brand Saxum
Alcohol/vol 15.9%
Leading the charge is the 2017 James Berry Vineyard. For those of you lucky enough to have experienced the JBV over the years, I'd say this one ranks right up there in the top echelon, and it may be the most open of any vintage yet. Of course it will improve with some age, let's not get hasty here! But I do think this one is generous in its youth. Like all of our 2017 wines, the tannins are very smooth and fine, no hard edges to be found. Though it's the aromatics that really draw you in. Red fruit centered, really lifted and bright, yet there's a background of chaparral and sagebrush providing some low notes too… I could smell this wine all day. There's a kiss of French oak, 48% spent 21 months in new puncheons and the remaining rested in used foudres or puncheons.
Jeb Dunnuck
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I was able to taste the 2017 James Berry Vineyard beside the perfect 2016 and there's not much difference between these two sensational wines. The 2017 reveals a deep ruby color as well as more straight, focused, yet beautifully concentrated style that reveals gorgeous black raspberry and blackberry fruits interwoven with pepper, spring flowers, earth, and incense. Pure, full-bodied, flawlessly balanced, and an incredible wine any way you look at it, give bottles 2-3 years and it's going to evolve effortlessly for 15-20 years.

October 31, 2019
Vinous
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Dark, vivid ruby. Highly perfumed, mineral- and spice-accented aromas of ripe dark berries and incense show superb definition, and hints of cola and candied lavender build in the glass. Shows superb depth and energetic lift in the mouth, offering powerful cassis, cherry preserve, black raspberry and floral pastille flavors and a suggestion of spicecake. Finishes with a jolt of juicy acidity, building sweetness and velvety tannins that lend shape to a strikingly long, blue fruit- and floral-dominated finish.

Josh Raynolds, February 2020
Wine Advocate
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The 2017 James Berry Vineyard Red is made up of 55% Grenache, 29% Mataro, 13% Syrah and 3% Carignan. It was made with 13% whole cluster and aged 21 months in various vessels including 48% new oak and 28% foudres. Medium to deep ruby, it has bombastic raspberry, cranberry, strawberry and pomegranate candy aromas with pure notes of garrigue, dried roses, orange oil, potpourri and an undercurrent of amaro character. The intense, medium to full-bodied palate explodes with nuanced flavor layers in a finely grained frame, with seamless freshness on the long, super perfumed finish. Wow! It's hard to choose a favorite between the 2016 and 2017 vintages-they're both spectacular. 1,250 cases produced.

Erin Brooks, February 6, 2020