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2006 Saxum "James Berry Vineyard" Paso Robles Rhône Blend

SKU #1070786 95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark An unfined/unfiltered blend of 45% Syrah, 38% Grenache, and 17% Mourvedre, aged 32 months in a combination of wood vessels, the prodigious 2006 James Berry Vineyard Proprietary Red exhibits beautiful sweet creme de cassis, black raspberry, blackberry, truffle, smoke, and herb notes. (RP) Inner quote mark (8/2009)

93 points Vinous

Outer quote mark Bright ruby-red. Deeper dark berries and ripe cherry on the nose, complicated by dark chocolate and licorice. The cherry and chocolate qualities build with air and carry onto the palate, adding depth to the sweet blackberry and cassis flavors. Smoother and more dense than the Heart Stone, with a strong finishing jolt of candied licorice and black olive. Really showing its Syrah today. (JR) Inner quote mark (11/2008)

92 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark Wildly rich and exotic, massive in fruit of a grilled variety, and dry, this Rhône blend of Syrah, Grenache and Mourvèdre offers tons of raspberries, cherries, herbs and spices. There's some heat in the finish, but that's a minor quibble. Decadent. Inner quote mark (10/2009)

92 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Pushes the pedal on ripeness, touching on jammy, full-blown and concentrated. Blackberry, graphite, plum jam and wild berry fruit is mouthcoating, as are the tannins. With air, gains a measure of finesse. (JL) Inner quote mark (3/2009)

Jancis Robinson

Outer quote mark 30-40% whole cluster pressed. The Grenache was matured in concrete tank and larger puncheons, the Mourvèdre and Syrah matured in French oak. Showing lots of concentration with notes of red fruit, spice and forest accents. Nuanced. Grippy, taut tannin with balancing acidity and a persistent finish. Carries alcohol easily. Tightly wound currently, with a lot of promise. There is a lot of tenacity to this wine and it will need to be kept in the cellar for several years before opening but it shows purity and harmony throughout. (ECB) 17+/20 points Inner quote mark (7/2015)

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