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2004 Saxum James Berry Vineyard (750ml)
Producer: Saxum Vineyards saxumvineyards.com
Appellation: Paso Robles - California - United States (AVA)
Type: red
Varietal: Syrah - Grenache - Mourvèdre
Maturity: Drink
Rating: Excellent
Est. Price: US$45.00
Tasting Notes:
rated: August 1, 2006 , Robert Parker erobertparker.com
91 points " The deep ruby/purple-hued 2004 James Berry Vineyard (500 cases) is a blend of 38% Syrah, 36% Grenache, and 26% Mourvedre. Sweet kirsch, licorice, cassis, and floral notes are found in this supple, round, tasty effort. Reminiscent of a 2003 Cotes de Nuits grand cru red Burgundy, it is complex as well as surprisingly forward. However, I suspect there is plenty in reserve. It will be interesting to follow this wine’s evolution. I do not think it will be one of Proprietor Justin Smith’s blockbusters, but it’s a beauty."
rated: August 31, 2006 , International Wine Cellar wineaccess.com/expert/tanzer
93 points "Deep ruby-red. Slightly high-toned aromas of cherry, truffle, cotton candy and smoked meat. Silky-sweet and seductive on entry, then sappy and spicy in the middle, with terrific acidity framing and lifting the blueberry and violet flavors. Wonderfully sweet wine, finishing with smooth tannins and lovely perfume. A superb example of the captivating blends being made in Paso Robles from Rhone Valley grapes. "