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Date Printed: 7/25/2014
Saxum James Berry Vineyard (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2005
Saxum James Berry Vineyard (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2005
(search item no. 119598)
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The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
PRICE ON 7/25/2014: $399.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
2011 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 96 points
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 95 points
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
2010 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 96 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 98 points
2009 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 98 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 97 points
2009 James Suckling rating: 97 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 96 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 98 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 97 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 95 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 100 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 98 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 97 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The James Berry Vineyard, the Smith family's estate vineyard, is located only 10 miles from the Pacific Ocean with an average elevation of 1200 feet. A series of slopes with shallow clay loam topsoil over an ancient seabed, complete with fossilized shells and sharks teeth. The cuvee is now always a red fruit driven Grenache based blend, with a large portion of Mourvedre for texture, and Syrah as spicy support. Aged for 18-20 months in a variety of vessels, with the Grenache portion aging in concrete tank and larger puncheons, and the Mourvedre and Syrah aging in the smaller French barrels with a higher percentage of them new. The wine is always rich and layered, with raspberries and blackberries leading the way along with Provencial herbs and smooth dense tannins. Like all our wines, they are never racked off their lees and are bottled unfined and unfiltered.
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About Saxum:

Saxum Vineyards is focused on producing Syrah, Grenache, and Mourvedre based blends from the Templeton Gap of Paso Robles, California. We let our rocky calcareous soils, steep hillsides, and cooling ocean breezes speak through our wines by keeping our yields extremely low, picking fruit at the peak of ripeness, and using a minimalist approach in the cellar. Production is kept at a total of 2200-2800 cases per year divided between 6 different cuvees, Broken Stones, Heart Stone Vineyard, James Berry Vineyard, Booker Vineyards, Rocket Block and Bone Rock.