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Saxum James Berry Vineyard Proprietary Red 2012

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When tasting the James Berry Vineyard this spring dark cherries and red fruits lead the way thanks to the Grenache, but with the addition of a new block of Monastrell (Spanish clone of Mourvèdre) there is this core of spice that is new to this wine. I love it. Of course it is wild and fruit driven with great chalky tannins, but this is a JBV more akin to the '10, it will greatly reward those of you with patience who will allow this wine to bloom.
Category Red Wine
Country California
Region Central Coast
Appellation Paso Robles
Brand Saxum
Alcohol/vol 15.8%
  • ws92

Wine SpectatorFresh 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. 1,587 cases made.

James Laube, March 31, 2015