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Saxum Vineyards

James Berry Vineyard Grenache Blend 2014

David T

94 that leans into 95.

42% Grenache, 24% Mourvedre, 21% Syrah, 8% Coundise & 3% Roussanne. 15.8% ABV but drinks like 14.5-14.9. Pairing is Allen Brother’s Cowgirls.

This has nice evolution & integration.

It is ripe, juicy, lush grapey, very Grenache style with a bit of funk-gym locker. Blackberries, black raspberries, stewed plum, spiced dark cherries, cherries, deep, dark spices, black pepper, tary notes, steeped fruit tea, dry leaves, cigar with ash, dry, crushed rocks, dry river stone, limestone minerals, clove, dark spice, cinnamon stick, mid berry cola, liquid violets, lavender with dark & red flowers, excellent waterfall acidity. Balanced, excellent tension, richness, elegance and refined polish.
— 25 days ago

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Martin Woods

Jessie James Vineyard Pinot Noir 2021

Excellent really. Sweet Pinot Fruit. Cherry 🍒 mostly. Just 13.5%. Very refined. Like a Burgundy at a much better price point. Planted in 1996 to Pommard, Wadenswil and 114. Dry farmed! Needs at least 2 hours of air. Teanotes, … fresh! In my book one of the top 10 Pinots in the US. — 2 months ago

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sick wine

Saxum Vineyards

James Berry Vineyard Syrah Blend 2014

A behemoth of a wine, super concentrated, pretty oaky, stewed fruits. Took a long time to open up. — 4 months ago

Natasha Bray
with Natasha
Ryan Colthorp

Ryan Colthorp

Label reminded me of pretty hate machine cover art.

James Cole

Privado Napa Valley Proprietary Red Blend 2012

David T

A Charles Hendricks wine.

Medium plus tannins. Ripe, rich, floral fruits; blackberries, black raspberries, black plums/ extra skin, dark cherries, plum pudding, dark spice with heat, clove, nutmeg, cinnamon stick, vanillin, mid berry cola/licorice, dark rich soil with dry leaves, dry tobacco, dry twig, cedar, limestone minerals, dry crushed rocks, dry top soil, fresh to candied; dark, red, purple flowers, round, sharp acidity, highly structured, well tensioned, balanced finish that lasts two-minutes and lands on minerals.

Good tonight…better in 5-7 years.

Photos; James Cole, Silverado sign, bronze logo statue and private tasting room.
— a month ago

Paul, Bob and 11 others liked this

James Cole

Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2007

David T

Mother Mary of God! Near Pomerol like. Charles Hendricks masterpiece. Menthol & a touch of mint.

Stunning vintage & wine.

This 07 is in perfect shape…at its peak. Still has 7 plus years of life.

Black raspberries, black raspberries, black plum, dark cherries, purple fruits, dark chocolate/pudding, dark spice, clove, nutmeg, softened, cinnamon stick, vanilla, dark, rich soils, moist, limestone mush, black tea, black licorice, bay leaf, salted caramel, dryish twig, menthol, mint, volcanic ash, sandalwood, dark withering to candied, red, blue florals, lavender framed in violets with perfect acidity and a amazingly, structured, well knitted/tensioned and elegantly polished finish that lasts minutes falling squarely on earthy minerality.

Second wine with an Allen Brither’s Ribcap recently bought on the secondary market for $55.

Photos of; James Cole on Silverado Trail, brass statue that is their bottle logo & their private tasting room.
— 2 months ago

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Saxum Vineyards

Bone Rock James Berry Vineyard Syrah 2006

An inky nose with savory notes and an intense purple stony note. Very contained and punchy. cool flavors with intensity. Good balance given the sheer size of the wine — 4 months ago

Paul WoollsAra Aslanian
with Paul and Ara
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Château de Saint-Cosme

Little James' Basket Press Vin de Pays d'Oc Viognier Sauvignon Blanc

Refreshing French Viognier-Sauvignon Blanc blend, served with Moroccan chicken at Bitter End, Wells, ME — 22 days ago

Saxum Vineyards

James Berry Vineyard White Blend

More of a yellowish honey color, full body wine with some brief hints of citrus fruits, high acidity but did not take anything away from the flavor. Amazing wine and was so lucky to taste it! — 3 months ago

Saxum Vineyards

James Berry Vineyard Rocket Block Grenache Syrah 2020

Love the Counoise element and this is definitely a lighter bodied wine relative to the Saxum range. Packing some heat and definitely needs time to come together - hopefully time will help. Hold (at least 3-5) — 3 months ago


Rustler James Berry Vineyard Roussanne 2022

Soooo good. Excellent wine — 4 months ago

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