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