2011 Torrin "The Maven" James Berry Vineyard Paso Robles Grenache

SKU #1160351 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Starting with the 2011 The Maven, this blend of 90% Grenache and 10% Syrah (this cuvee is moving toward more and more Grenache) spent 18 months in 30% new 500-Liter, French oak barrels prior to bottling. It offers classy, savory and seamless texture to go with plenty of kirsch, Turkish spice, ground herbs and baking spices on the nose. A medium to full-bodied effort, it opens up nicely in the glass, has solid mid-palate depth and chewy tannin that comes through on the finish. Give it another year or two in the cellar, and it will impress through 2023. (JD)  (8/2014)

93 points Wine Spectator

 Pure, rich and vivid blackberry and wild berry fruit forms the core of this dense, dark beauty. Firm at points, supple at others, this shows both muscle and finesse, finishing with a layer of mocha and black licorice. Grenache and Syrah. Drink now through 2028. 178 cases made. (JL)  (3/2015)

92 points Vinous

 Bright violet color. Deeply pitched black raspberry and boysenberry scents are lifted by a peppery nuance. Weighty yet energetic, even lithe, offering juicy red and dark berry flavors that deepen on the back half. Closes clean and nervy, with very strong persistence and smooth tannins that fade quickly into the wine's fruit. (JR)  (9/2015)

K&L Notes

Winery's notes: "The 2011 Maven is a wine that captures the complex nature of the Grenache grape. Leading with bright red fruits as one would expect, the secondary notes of dried herbs, flowers and spice that complex the wine reflect more of its old world roots. While this is certainly a big wine, it is never muttled or confusing. The fruit is pure, the weight and texture are consistent front to back and the finish is fresh and long."

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- Fat, ripe and rich with ample fruit and vibrant acidity, wines made from Grenache are easy to love. While its origins are still under dispute - some suggest Spain, where it is called Garnacha, while others say it came first from Sardinia, where it is called Cannonau - it is inarguably one of the most planted varietals in the world. A hearty grape, Grenache does well in hot, dry regions and its sturdy stalk also makes it well-suited to withstand blustery conditions like the Provençal Mistral. It ripens at relatively high sugar levels, which translates to higher potential alcohol in the wines it produces. Grenache may be most famous in the Southern Rhône areas such as Châteauneuf-du-Pape and Gigondas where it has long been an important component of delicious blends. But it's also the source of the crisp rosés from Tavel, Lirac and Provence, and age-worthy vins doux naturels like Rivsaltes and Banyuls. Grenache is also found in large swaths of northeastern Spain, in Navarre, in Rioja, where it plays a supporting role in blends with Tempranillo, and in the distinctive wines of Priorat. The grape was once the most widely planted varietal in Australia, though Shiraz and Cabernet have overtaken it. In California, Grenache plantings have dwindled from their heyday in the San Joaquin Valley, but it is starting to see a resurgence, albeit in smaller plantings, where other Rhône varietals thrive.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.


- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
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Paso Robles

- Located about halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, this inland AVA enjoys a sunny and hot growing period while its seaside neighbors hang in the fog. Zinfandel is the traditional red grape of choice, though cabernet, chardonnay, and Rhône varietals are gaining favor. Most are made in a fruit-forward, early drinking style.