2017 Saxum "Rocket Block - James Berry Vineyard" Paso Robles Rhône Blend

SKU #1509741 99 points Vinous

Outer quote mark Highly seductive raspberry liqueur, blueberry, exotic spice, potpourri and incense aromas are complemented by hints of musky herbs and smoky minerals. Juicy, seamless and energetic in the mouth, offering densely packed, wonderfully concentrated red/blue fruit preserve, cherry cola, spice-cake, licorice and candied lavender flavors that show superb delineation and vibrant back-end lift. Finely polished tannins lend shape to a strikingly persistent, penetrating finish that shows intense, mineral- and spice-driven tenacity. (JR) Inner quote mark (12/2020)

96 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark Mostly Grenache blended with 14% Mataro and 8% Syrah, the 2017 James Berry Vineyard Rocket Block offers an exotic style in its kirsch and mulberry fruits as well as notes of candied orange, toasted spice, herbes de Provence, and white pepper aromas and flavors. Full-bodied and beautiful on the palate, with silky tannins, a fresher, elegant texture, and a fabulous finish, it will benefit from 2-3 years of bottle age and keep over a decade. I don't think it matches the 2015 and 2016, but it's still a stunning wine. Inner quote mark (9/2020)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark Medium to deep ruby, the 2017 Rocket Block James Berry Vineyard is a blend of 78% Grenache, 14% Mataro and 8% Syrah. The nose offers lovely tricolored berry fruits with notes of aniseed, lavender and potpourri. Medium-bodied, it floods the mouth with juicy, super spicy fruits, softly framed and finishing uplifted. (EB) Inner quote mark (10/2020)

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