Red

2007 Saxum James Berry Vineyard

Red Rhone Blend

  • USA
  • California
  • Central Coast
  • Paso Robles
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Community Tasting Notes 122

  • BVal wrote: (92 points)

    May 1, 2017 - Head to head with the '07 Saxum Booker. Purchased on release and first time trying either wine.

    Color: dark, inky opaque core -> deep magenta rim; similar appearance to the Booker but a little less density of color to the rim. Vivacious bouquet of blueberry and boysenberries, red fruits with underbrush, dried rosemary and sage and vanilla notes. Red fruits and primary grape elements really coming through on the palate with watermelon lifesavers, a touch of forest floor and some bitter pit fruit. Pithy and still a bit tannic (no surprise; '07 Paso) as well as a bit too hot, this struck me as too primary and grapey still -- needs time to develop. Today, I'd take the Booker as I like the more classic dark fruit and earth elements . . . .

  • wineismylife wrote: (94 points)

    March 28, 2017 - WIML94

    Tasted double blind. Tasted from MAGNUM.

    Dark garnet color in the glass, clear looking throughout. Nose of aspirin, dark berries and dark plums. Flavors of meat, plums and black cherries. Medium acidity, medium tannin, full bodied. Drink or hold.

    My guess was this is the 2007 Saxum Booker or James Berry Vineyard.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • Nyccablover Likes this wine:

    February 19, 2017 - Tasted double blind. Definitely a more new world styled wine, very fruit forward but nicely integrated and balanced. Lots of flavor exploding across the palate. This was the group's overall favorite of the red flight - but probably 3rd or 4th place for me.

  • MC2 Wines Likes this wine:

    February 19, 2017 - Tampa Spring Break (the second); 2/17/2017-2/19/2017 (Various spots (homes, Mis en Place, Capital Grille)): Great wine. Very fruit forward and in that candied format that works when it has the right acidity and balance (which this does). A pretty wine and very enjoyable and not overdone, but just delicious.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • dson Likes this wine: (100 points)

    January 16, 2017 - Opened my last 2007 JB 3-1/2 years ago. At that time it had become more subtle and smooth.....so I was really interested to see how it compared this time. WOW! This was a mind blower! Can you give something a 100+ rating? It was like it woke up, grew up....with a nose that was fragrant made you salivate right off the bat. Smooth tannings but very dominant flavors...tobacco and licorice and lots of deep dark red fruits and leather. The flavors kept evolving in the mouth and changed depending on what you were eating. No hotness and no bite....but certainly "there!"! NOW I can see why this is a 100 point wine..and how do reviewers like Parker know to visualize how a wine will be a decade later? All I can say is: Two more bottles to go.....can't wait to revisit this in 5 and 10 years...and then say goodbye to a most elegant, amazing wine.

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  • By Jeb Dunnuck
    Issue #14, 12/18/2012 (link) 100 points

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  • By Jeb Dunnuck
    California in the spotlight!, Issue #6, 11/30/2010 (link) 99 points

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  • By Josh Raynolds
    November/December 2009, IWC Issue #147 (link)

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The Rhone Report

  • By Jeb Dunnuck
    The Rhone Rangers of California, Issue #2, 1/11/2009 (link) 99 points

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2007
  • Type Red
  • Producer Saxum
  • Varietal Red Rhone Blend
  • Designation n/a
  • Vineyard James Berry Vineyard
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion Central Coast
  • Appellation Paso Robles
  • UPC Code 088593750069

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  • Pending Delivery 19 (1%)
  • In Cellars 2,013 (61%)
  • Consumed 1,259 (38%)

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