Red

2012 Saxum James Berry Vineyard

Red Rhone Blend

  • USA
  • California
  • Central Coast
  • Paso Robles
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Community Tasting Notes 115

  • Arch57 wrote: 91 points

    January 12, 2020 - This is only my 5th tasting of a Saxum wine (and the 3rd James Berry bottle) so I don't have a depth of experience with this producer though I've been collecting from the mailing list. I'm still curious how these age and if they develop any secondary characteristics so I popped the oldest one in my cellar last night. Gave it a 2+ hour decant and had with dinner of lemon-garlic grilled salmon.
    Very dark purple and a decent nose of blackberries this wine was smooth on the palate despite the high ABV. Best part was a lingering finish but I still found it very fruit forward without any secondary notes.
    As a reference I had a 2010 St Cosme Gigondas last week that was stunning and it had those earthy, forest floor secondary notes that add complexity to a wine. Well I have some 14, 15 and 16's to hold for awhile as most of the TN's suggest.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • jeagle wrote: 92 points

    December 27, 2019 - Prior to a restaurant experience, I uncorked and shook the bottle to find the same spritz from previous experience. Decanted for two hours then back to the bottle for another hour en route. Tantalizing fruit, light on its feet, but there remains a touch of heat, and the bottle did not quite rise to the heights expected from this producer.

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  • Mr T wrote:

    December 14, 2019 - Not correct
    Some kind of fizzy secondary fermentation

    Will revisit what’s left

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  • morewineplease! Likes this wine: 91 points

    November 10, 2019 - My wife's favorite wine and neither she nor any of the others at dinner were disappointed.

    Others have eloquently noted the great fruit balance. On this bottle, that showed after a 90-minute decant. At first, there was an effervescence that made me wonder if it had gone bad. This resolved after the decant, revealing all that lush fruit flavor. Perhaps a bit of residual heat on the mid-palate, but not enough to interrupt the enjoyment of this excellent wine. Not quite as full-bodied as other vintages (or other Saxum varietals/blends).

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  • Anonymous wrote: 90 points

    October 7, 2019 - Conflicted on this wine. Pedigree is outstanding, the blend is enticing, but the youth and high alcohol content detract from full enjoyment. The wine was not fully integrated and requires additional age, before it emerges - perhaps. I have found California Rhone blends to be disappointing when they are this loaded with alcohol.

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2012
  • 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

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 51 (1%)
  • In Cellars 3,185 (69%)
  • Consumed 1,349 (29%)

Food Pairing

Community Recommendations

fruit and sweet sauces, lighter meats, vegetables

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