Red

2007 Saxum James Berry Vineyard

Red Rhone Blend

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Community Tasting Notes 96

  • 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!

  • jetfan wrote: (96 points)

    June 15, 2014 - wow great velvet tannins and deep abiding texture

  • egh Likes this wine: (93 points)

    March 12, 2014 - A blend of 41% Grenache, 31% Mourvedre, and 28% Syrah that registers at 15.8% alcohol. Decanted for one hour, poured back into the bottle, and consumed over the course of two evenings. Initially, this showed a bit too monolithic, alcoholic, and obviously jammy and ripe. Demonstrates superior integration, balance, and complexity on night two, yet still quite young. Make no mistake, this is still very much a dense, layered, concentrated, bordering on massive wine packed with aromas and flavors of blue and blackberry preserves, kirsch, lavender, exotic spices (thinking incense and black pepper with some medicinal tones underneath), and a tinge of alcoholic warmth. Finishes huge, powerful, and very long. Call it a conservative 93 points with clear upside potential. Score is reflective of the wine's night two performance.

  • Robert R. wrote: (84 points)

    February 22, 2014 - Decanted about 2 hours. Paired with tri tip. Very modest nose of blueberry, some meat, a little tar, and alcohol. Big, in-your-face, taste profile mostly of blueberry and some dark fruits, kirsch, vanilla, and alcohol. Moderate tannins. Long finish. Not necessarily out of balance, but so bold it's hard to pin it down. Call me crazy, but I just don't get much of the hype and big scores often surrounding this wine. That said, for a cocktail wine, nice enough, but not a great food 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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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

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 18 (1%)
  • In Cellars 2113 (69%)
  • Consumed 940 (31%)

Food Pairing

Drink by itself and just ponder

Who Likes This Wine

94% Like It  18 votes