Red

2011 Saxum James Berry Vineyard

Red Rhone Blend

  • USA
  • California
  • Central Coast
  • Paso Robles
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Community Tasting Notes 110

  • Schiffy Likes this wine: 93 points

    December 1, 2019 - Even after a two hour decant, this blend has big, chewy tannins with dark blackberry fruit. Medium bodied with notes of cassis and lavender. Believe this wine could use another few years to further evolve.

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  • spendergast Likes this wine: 95 points

    December 1, 2019 - Decanted 3 hours. An excellent Grenache blend with highly concentrated dark fruit, cassis, hints of cedar with great balance and well integrated tannins. WA suggests drinking by 2019 but I believe this wine is still ascending in the cellar so I really wouldn't rush to consume it. I would put the drinking window to 2019-2026+.

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  • ELH wrote: 94 points

    November 16, 2019 - Blend of Grenache 69% Mourvedre 15% Syrah 13% Cournoise 2% and Roussanne 1%, all coming together nicely. Opened several hours beforehand but not decanted. At first the Grenache hogged the spotlight, but it evolved in the glass to be more of a blend. Drinking well, but clearly potential to age in the cellar.

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  • galewskj wrote: 94 points

    November 9, 2019 - Slow O'd overnight then decanted 30 minutes and followed for about 3 hours. The grenache really shows here, with exotic raspberry and boysenberry. It is extremely floral. The palate is actually a bit leaner for a Saxum, and that is totally fine with me. Frankly, this was one of the better Saxum's that I've had, and I was not expecting that from 2011.

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  • 3daywinereview.com wrote: 95 points

    November 8, 2019 - Day 1: This wine improve over the course of 3 hours. Up front too much floral and big fruit. Over time this wine added funk, spice, stone, cherry, blue currants and rose petals. Medium to long finish. Drinking well now but I could see this aging for another 10 years. 94 points
    Day 2: Rich wine with underbrush, spice, stone, concentrated fruit featuring cherries and plums and menthol. Nice floral elements on the lengthy finish. This has a long life ahead. 95 points
    Recommendation: Drink now with a solid 2 hour decant or hold for at least a decade.

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    Paso Robles and Points South (Jul 2014) (link)

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    Paso Robles and Beyond: Excellence in 2011 (Jul 2013) (link)

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2011
  • 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 13 (0%)
  • In Cellars 2,565 (64%)
  • Consumed 1,450 (36%)

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