Saxum James Berry Vineyard Proprietary Red 2013

Saxum James Berry Vineyard Proprietary Red 2013

SKU C0299


This is the 10th release of our James Berry Vineyard bottling. Of those, the last 7 have found their groove with being Grenache based but still having good doses of Mourvèdre and Syrah and lately even some Counoise. To me, this '13 vintage is what I would call "classic JBV." It speaks of what James Berry Vineyard is all about. Power and structure balanced by soft rich tannins and juicy freshness along with a beautiful spine of red fruits and black licorice. No doubt aging part of the blend in large oak casks has kept it focused and fresh, but we used about 60% new French oak barrels to add some richness and spice. It's yummy now but please let some bottles rest a few years to really get the most out of it. I think this is one of the, if not THE best vintage we have ever had. There are some vintages that are more of this or more of that, but the '13s have a bit of everything. Concentration, but not super rich (hello '14s!), soft tannins but still some grip, great fresh acids but nothing searing or flabby, depth, depth, and more depth, they are as a whole wines that continue to evolve in the glass for days, every sip revealing something new, something that was hidden the previous sip. They will definitely reward a few years of cellaring but will be very enjoyable in the short term.
Category Red Wine
Region California, Central Coast, Paso Robles
Brand Saxum
Alcohol/vol 15.7%
  • wa98-100

Wine AdvocateCalled a classic JBV by Justin and possibly rivaling the sensational 2007, the 2013 James Berry Vineyard Proprietary Blend (45% Grenache, 29% Mourvèdre, 18% Syrah, 8% Counoise) sports a vibrant purple color to go with layered and decadent notes of violets, blueberries, blackberries, peppery herbs and crushed rock. Made in a more elegant, seamless style than the '07, it's nevertheless full-bodied, utterly seamless, silky and polished, with incredible purity and length on the finish. Pure class all the way, it will have 15-20 years of overall longevity.

Jeb Dunnuck, August 2015