2012 Saxum "James Berry Vineyard" Paso Robles Rhône Blend

SKU #1188455 97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 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 Mourvedre than normal, it’s made from 43% Grenache, 29% Mourvedre, 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. It will benefit from 2-3 years in the cellar and have 15-20 years of ultimate longevity. (JD) 97+  (8/2014)

94 points Vinous

 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+  (7/2014)

92 points Wine Spectator

 Fresh and snappy, with a gritty tannic edge to the currant, raspberry, black licorice and fresh-turned earth notes, lending this a perfumed aroma. Presents a tough-edged tannic side that needs cellaring. Grenache, Mourvèdre, Syrah and Counoise. Best from 2016 through 2028. (JL)  (3/2015)

Jancis Robinson

 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)  (7/2015)

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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.
Alcohol Content (%): 15.8