Saxum James Berry Vineyard Proprietary Red 2018 1.5L

Saxum James Berry Vineyard Proprietary Red 2018

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Category Red Wine
Region California, Central Coast, Paso Robles
Brand Saxum
Alcohol/vol 15.9%
This iteration of the James Berry Vineyard has got to be the most complex one we have ever made. The nose is not as lifted as the '17s were (I really love how forward the '17s are), but the upside potential of this '18 boggles the senses. It will only continue to evolve and surprise you in the glass... one minute it's all black licorice and fresh loam and then the next it's back to strawberries and shortbread! But wait, violets too?? Yes, so much violets. The mouthfeel is big, focused, and rich, but a little more structured than the G2. Silky seamless tannins. This JBV is one for the ages. Lay it low for a few year if you can. Many more if you can do that too! Either way, don't miss this one.
Jeb Dunnuck
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Showing better from bottle than barrel (always a good sign), the 2018 James Berry Vineyard is another stunning wine in a long line of stunning wines from this estate. Based on 64% Grenache, 16% Mataro, 14% Syrah, and the rest Carignan, incredible notes of blueberries, wild strawberries, licorice, new leather, herbes de Provence, and candied violets all emerge from the glass, and it's full-bodied, with an incredible sense of purity and elegance, flawless balance, and a huge finish. It has some early appeal yet is going to be best with 2-4 years of bottle age and will still be drinking beautifully at age 20.

September 1, 2020
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Saturated purple. A heady, expansive bouquet evokes ripe blueberry, cherry compote, potpourri, candied licorice and exotic spices, and a smoky mineral nuance builds in the glass. Sweet, palate-staining red/blue fruit liqueur, lavender pastille, cola and spice-cake flavors show outstanding depth as well as energy thanks to an undercurrent of juicy acidity. Plays power off finesse with a sure hand and finishes extremely long, sappy and precise, with polished, well-knit tannins emerging slowly.

Josh Raynolds, December 2020
Wine Spectator
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A dynamic wine with a deep structure that unfurls on the palate. Offers rich and expressive black cherry and blueberry flavors that draw in accents of crushed stone, garrigue and fruitcake spices. The finish glides at length toward refined tannins. Grenache, Mataro, Syrah and Carignan. Drink now through 2032.

Tim Fish, May 31, 2021
Wine Advocate
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The 2018 James Berry Vineyard is a blend of 64% Grenache, 16% Mataro, 14% Syrah and 6% Carignan. It has an intense, alluring perfume with loads of layers, its warm tricolored fruits laced with notes of aniseed, coffee, earth and blue flowers. The palate offers explosive flavors with surprising lift and freshness, silky in texture and finishing very long, layered and spiced. It's a lovely rendition of James Berry that presents its layered flavors in an unusually elegant frame.

Erin Brooks, January 14, 2021