Saxum James Berry Vineyard Proprietary Red 2005
Wine AdvocateThe 2005 James Berry Vineyard (70% Syrah, 20% Mourvedre, and 10% Grenache) exhibits the super precision, minerality, and clarity this site seems to provide. It is a dense, concentrated wine bursting with notes of creme de cassis, blackberries, smoke, earth, and jus de viande. This textured, French-styled 2005 can be drunk early or cellared for 10-12 years. The bottled 2005s are all performing well.
Wine EnthusiastSolidly in the Saxum style, which is to say a high alcohol (15.5%), massively flavored wine of enormous concentration and power. The blackberry, cherry, cassis and chocolate flavors have all kind of overtones, ranging from licorice and vanilla to gingerbread and candied violets. Saxum has become a cult favorite, one of the highest-priced brands from Paso Robles, and wines like this are the reason why. Drink now and through 2008. Syrah, Mourvèdre and Grenache.
Wine SpectatorSpicy, talc like berry and fresh earth scents fold over to the palate. Medium-bodied, with good balance, leaving you hoping for a little more depth and flavor. Syrah, Mourvèdre and Grenache. Drink now. 600 cases made.