Red

2007 Saxum James Berry Vineyard

Red Rhone Blend

  • USA
  • California
  • Central Coast
  • Paso Robles
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Community Tasting Notes 149

  • Steve Bird wrote: 95 points

    September 10, 2019 - This needs MORE TIME. Very ripe fruit. Still has more green fruit aromas than I expected.

  • MAXIMUM SATISFACTION wrote: 97 points

    August 10, 2019 - Decanted for only one hour but could have used more time. Decadent and still young. Menthol wafts from the nose and lays heavy on the palate. Syrupy black fruit, cassis, anise and vanilla mix in perfectly. Haven’t had much aged Saxum but if this is the future I’m happy. This has 10 years to go with ease.

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  • Steve Bird wrote: 94 points

    August 4, 2019 - Longer note to follow, but this needs more time. Decanted this magnum for 3 hours. Still bold blue/black fruit. I have a 2008 magnum that I would wait another 5 years to open.

  • Cailles wrote: 93 points

    July 13, 2019 - Saxum Tasting (Zurich): Comprehensive vertical tasting of several Saxum vineyards and a total of 24 wines. Most wines on a good to very good level in the 93 to 95 points range, just one on an exceptional (97+ points) level (James Berry Bone Rock 08). The consistency of the wine-making at Saxum is impressive but the tasting proofed to be rather a bit boring with less difference between the vineyards and vintages showing than expected and wished for. Heart Stone stood out a bit (bigger vats used, little new oak) thanks to more terroir expression. James Berry (mostly Grenache) and James Berry Bone Rock (elevated complexity and sexiness) were great. Best vintage (we tried wines from 2003 to 2011) is clearly the 2007 which produced the wines with the most depth.

    TN: I'm a big fan of Central Californian Grenache based wines as the combination of the warm climate with the elegance and light-footedness of grape seem a match made in heaven. Hence it is no wonder that the highest scores in this mini-vertical (6 vintages) went to the wines with the highest share of Grenache in the blend (perfect correlation!). The 2007 consists of 41% Grenache (rest Syrah, Mourvedre). Lowest Grenache share in the blend of all 6 vintages and lowest rating. Surprisingly, this wine didn't show the elevated depth of the 2007s from the other vineyards. Medium- complexity only with some herbal scents, dark, blue and red fruit. Not as expressive and deep as the other James Berry wines, not as pure and strong. Nevertheless, certainly a good wine. Probably some more years or an extensive decant might change that. I wouldn't give up yet.

  • sirpat007 wrote: 95 points

    June 22, 2019 - Grand Saxum Tasting (Gustav in Zurich): Grand Saxum tasting over several vineyeards and vintages. 23 wines in total. What was remarkable is the consistancy in aromatics across vintages and partly also across vineyards. Big and powerful wines but not without elegance. As a vintage 2007 stood out as exceptional across all vineyards. Booker stood out as the most consistent on a high level while James Berry vineyards had the highest range, but was oustanding in some vintages. The top wines for me were 2008 Bone Rock and Booker 2007.

    Tasting note:
    As always ripe fruit, probably a bit darker than the other vintages. Also more greenish / herbal aromas. Still quite wild on the palate, but with great tension and intensity.

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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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  • In Cellars 1,978 (56%)
  • Consumed 1,504 (43%)

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