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Saxum is one of the hottest wineries in Paso Robles, which is saying something, since Paso is pretty well as hot as it gets in California these days. Of course Paso is 'hot' by virtue of being cool, and the coolest part of Paso Robles is the Templeton gap in West Paso, where Saxum is located. Here cool marine air streams in from the Pacific Ocean, creating a microclimate that is surprisingly temperate for Southern California. Saxum's James Berry vineyard is perhaps the supreme expression of...
- 98 Points -
Jeb Dunnuck, September 2016
The sensationally pure and seamless 2014 James Berry Vineyard Proprietary Red (42% Grenache, 24% Mourvèdre, 21% Syrah, 8% Counoise and 5% Roussanne) was brought up in a mix of barrels and foudre, followed by six months in concrete tanks. The wine offers incredibly rich and layered notes of black raspberries, creme de cassis, crushed flowers, melted licorice and peppery herbs in its full-bodied, impeccably balanced profile. Showing the more upfront, hedonistic style of the vintage, this full-bodied beauty still has ample underlying tannin, beautiful mid-palate depth and a killer finish that keeps you coming back for more.See detailed press review
- 96 Points -
(made with 30 percent whole clusters) Dark purple. Vibrant and sharply focused on the highly perfumed nose, displaying an array of ripe black and blue fruit and floral aromas enlivened by a vibrant mineral quality that gains strength as the wine opens up. The mineral and floral components dominate the extremely long, incisive finish. The balance between power and finesse here is really somethingSee detailed press review