Red

2007 Saxum James Berry Vineyard

Red Rhone Blend

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Community Tasting Notes 99

  • rcg62 Likes this wine: (96 points)

    November 28, 2014 - Wow wine. Deep color. Subtle nose but nice dark berry and plums. Tongue coating palate. Brings loads of bracing dark fruit and a finish that goes on for 45 seconds. Nicely balanced, but maybe a little heat in the finish? Still young, would let it sit another couple of years.

  • slywka7 Likes this wine: (100 points)

    October 10, 2014 - Incredible Wines at Private Wine Dinner at Collyer Catering (Westport, CT): My first time having Saxum and what a freaking wine! I thought it might be in a tough spot sandwiched in between 2 SQN's but this was actually better than both in my opinion. A strong statement because both were excellent wines but I theorize the blend might have made a difference in my opinion since both SQN wines were mainly Syrah. Aromas of cherry, raspberry, game, flowers and white pepper. Nose really was singing and intoxicating. Cherry, blackberry, blueberry, raspberry steamroll you with their purity of flavor and vividness. The finish on this was also astonishing, lasting well over a minute. Certainly the best Rhone based wine I have ever had. I need to get on this list!

  • tp096255 Likes this wine: (97 points)

    September 1, 2014 - ---
    COLOR: Deep purple garnet
    NOTE: Nose is rich, has a little prick of heat then a little animal fur funk that blew off after about 3 hours. Mix of kirsch and amarena cherry syrup, ripe mulberry. Mouth is rich and opulent, with loads of blackberry, sour cherry, tar and leather, hint of cocoa. The tannins are so refined. The 30+ second finish has a little heat, but is otherwise just loaded with framboise liqueur, kirsch and blackberry liqueur. Hints of garrigue. This has a nice balance that keeps bringing you back for another sip. This is great right now and will probably be so for many more years, but I recommend enjoying its youthful energy.

    Now that I know what I’m drinking, it’s the WSWOTY for 2010.

    FYI, I carefully Coravined this bottle, slowly removing the needle, and the cork continued to leak a small amount of wine for several minutes.
    CORAVIN UPDATE ON 10/14: 98% of the bottles I've used my Coravin on have been accessed on their sides, so as to leave the autolyzed lees and polymerized tannins undisturbed on the side of the bottle when I remove it from the cellar. So..... I think I figured out why this cork "wept" a little the first time I accessed it. I apparently left too much pressure in the bottle, not having allowed the Coravin to dispense until nary a drip came out. I know this now because today I took out this same bottle, leaving it on its side, and inserted the Coravin. It gushed about an ounce of wine before I could lift the neck of the bottle to stop it. Fortunately it was over our built-in trash receptacle so it didn't make a mess, but this was definitely an important learning experience. If these bottles are still going for $300+ then I just spent about $12 on my Coravin education.
    Here's my take-away: For bottles that have been previously accessed, I will tilt them just enough while inserting the Coravin needle so that the wine doesn't immediately come in contact with the needle. Then I will place the glass underneath the spout and slowly lower the bottle down to complete horizontal. Even with all these little nuances I have to say the Coravin is at least as important as my decanters.

    DECANT: 3-5 hours
    GLASS USED: Pinot Noir
    TASTE: 9.7
    COST: 70
    VALUE: 9.2
    TRY AGAIN: now - 2019
    PRE-POUR LEVEL: 100%
    PAIRING: n/a
    Inquiries can be addressed to troypeterson@usa.net
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  • mrmedoes Likes this wine: (95 points)

    August 13, 2014 - What a conflicted review... an amazing wine that is everything that Paso can be, and at the same time is overpriced on the auction market due to its status. 8 hrs of air on it and probably could have used an overnight. Huge nose, with major grapey Paso goodness. Such a massively dense velvety wine that I'm sure has old world detractors, but they're not focused on what lies beneath. It is the second best Paso wine I've had, and if it had a little more depth in the mid, I'd call it the first. The finish is absolutely bonkers, and I'd say you've got 7-10 years before it all comes together, and another 5-10 beyond that to hold peak.

  • VoteferPedro wrote:

    June 27, 2014 - I call this dessert 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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Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

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

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  • 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

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 18 (1%)
  • In Cellars 2125 (69%)
  • Consumed 953 (31%)

Food Pairing

Drink by itself and just ponder

Who Likes This Wine

95% Like It  22 votes