2012 Saxum "James Berry Vineyard" Paso Robles Rhône Blend

SKU #1188455 98 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark Absolutely brilliant, the 2012 James Berry Vineyard is just now at the early stages of maturity and reveals a healthy ruby hue as well as stunning aromatics of red and black raspberries, wildflowers, herbes de Provence, candied orange, and white pepper. Full-bodied and powerful, it's nevertheless perfectly balanced and as seamless as they come, with silky tannins and a great finish. This is heavenly juice all the way.... The blend is 43% Grenache, 29% Mourvèdre, 18% Syrah, and 10% Counoise brought up in a mix of small barrels and concrete tanks. Inner quote mark (11/2021)

97 points Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark There are 1,580 cases of the 2012 James Berry Vineyard and it reminds me of the 2009 Janasse Chaupin (which is one of Justin’s favorite wines). Incorporating more Mourvèdre than normal, it’s made from 43% Grenache, 29% Mourvèdre, 18% Syrah and 10% Counoise that’s aged in a combination of concrete and barrel. Rock star stuff, with fabulous black raspberry, cassis, spring flowers and charred meat aromas and flavors, this beauty hits the palate with full-bodied richness and depth, yet stays lively, incredibly pure and elegant, with lots of fine tannin emerging on the finish. (JD) 97+ Inner quote mark (8/2014)

94 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 2012 James Berry Vineyard stands out for its textural finesse, sweetness and overall balance. Sweet spices, red berries and flowers all meld together in a decidedly silky James Berry. The 2012 is 42% Grenache, 29% Mourvèdre, 18% Syrah and 10% Counoise. More expressive today on the palate than in its aromatics, the 2012 remains a baby. (AG) 94+ Inner quote mark (7/2014)

Jancis Robinson

Outer quote mark 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. 17+/20 points (ECB) Inner quote mark (7/2015)

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