Saxum Vineyards

James Berry Vineyard Grenache Blend

9.422 ratings
9.53 pro ratings
Paso Robles, Central Coast, California, USA
Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre, Counoise, Roussanne
Lamb, Chocolate & Caramel, Herbs, Soft Cheese, Salami & Prosciutto, Turkey, Pasta, Mushrooms, Veal, Tomato-Based, Chicken, Exotic Spices, Potato, White Rice, Duck, Nuts & Seeds, Onion, Shallot, Garlic, Asian Cuisine, Salads & Greens, Quinoa, Farro, Brown Rice, Quinoa, Pork, Fish, Cream Sauces, Chili & Hot Spicy, Pate, Shellfish, Shellfish, Crab & Lobster, Beef, Hard Cheese, Pungent Cheese, Venison
Top Notes For
Shay A
9.4

I must be doing something right to have had both the ‘12 and ‘13 only a few days apart. This was really good. I said it in my ‘13 post, but Saxum’s spin on Grenache is gorgeous! Sweet and spicy red fruits with cracked black pepper, rum cake, and almost a carbonic gumminess on the nose. Layers of Rhubarb tart, crunchy cherries and blackberries with cedar shavings on the palate. Thanks @Keith Fisher .

I must be doing something right to have had both the ‘12 and ‘13 only a few days apart. This was really good. I said it in my ‘13 post, but Saxum’s spin on Grenache is gorgeous! Sweet and spicy red fruits with cracked black pepper, rum cake, and almost a carbonic gumminess on the nose. Layers of Rhubarb tart, crunchy cherries and blackberries with cedar shavings on the palate. Thanks @Keith Fisher .

Oct 14th, 2019
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.6

Our wine pairing with Kentucky Bourbon marinaded chicken skews.

The blend is; 43% Ganache, 29% Mourvèdre, 18% Syrah and 10% Goundise.

The nose reveals; ripe; spiced, blackberries, black plums, purple fruit blend, dark currants/cassis, dark poached cherries, anise to black licorice, dark Asian spice, sweet, syrupy tarriness, dark chocolate, steeped fruit tea, crushed, dry rocks, dark, rich soils, blackberry jam, incense, limestone minerals, black & white pepper, candied; dark, red, blue and purple florals.

The body is medium, rich and gorgeous. The fruits are perfectly ripe. The structure, tension, length and balance are just hitting their stride. Still has 10 years plus of good drinking ahead. The fruits on the palate are bright, juicy and ripe. It’s drinking beautifully and has that gorgeous/sexy sensation. Spiced, blackberries, black plums, purple fruit blend, dark cassis, dark poached cherries, creamy raspberries, mixed berry fruit cola, cherry kirsch, anise to black licorice, dark Asian spice with just a touch of heat, sweet, syrupy tarriness, dark chocolate, coco powder, steeped fruit tea, vanillin notes, crushed, dry rocks, dark, rich soils, blackberry jam, incense, limestone minerals, dry top soil, dry underbrush, softer black & white pepper than the nose, leathery, some fresh tobacco, candied & bright; dark, red, blue and purple florals. The acidity is waterfall perfect. The long, elegant, ripe, juicy, well balanced fruit & earth finish is delightfully persistent for several minutes. Another all-star blend from Justin.

Happy Labor Day Weekend everyone. Cheers! 🍷

Photos of, Saxum winery, James Berry Vineyard and Owner-Winemaker, Justin Smith.

Our wine pairing with Kentucky Bourbon marinaded chicken skews.

The blend is; 43% Ganache, 29% Mourvèdre, 18% Syrah and 10% Goundise.

The nose reveals; ripe; spiced, blackberries, black plums, purple fruit blend, dark currants/cassis, dark poached cherries, anise to black licorice, dark Asian spice, sweet, syrupy tarriness, dark chocolate, steeped fruit tea, crushed, dry rocks, dark, rich soils, blackberry jam, incense, limestone minerals, black & white pepper, candied; dark, red, blue and purple florals.

The body is medium, rich and gorgeous. The fruits are perfectly ripe. The structure, tension, length and balance are just hitting their stride. Still has 10 years plus of good drinking ahead. The fruits on the palate are bright, juicy and ripe. It’s drinking beautifully and has that gorgeous/sexy sensation. Spiced, blackberries, black plums, purple fruit blend, dark cassis, dark poached cherries, creamy raspberries, mixed berry fruit cola, cherry kirsch, anise to black licorice, dark Asian spice with just a touch of heat, sweet, syrupy tarriness, dark chocolate, coco powder, steeped fruit tea, vanillin notes, crushed, dry rocks, dark, rich soils, blackberry jam, incense, limestone minerals, dry top soil, dry underbrush, softer black & white pepper than the nose, leathery, some fresh tobacco, candied & bright; dark, red, blue and purple florals. The acidity is waterfall perfect. The long, elegant, ripe, juicy, well balanced fruit & earth finish is delightfully persistent for several minutes. Another all-star blend from Justin.

Happy Labor Day Weekend everyone. Cheers! 🍷

Photos of, Saxum winery, James Berry Vineyard and Owner-Winemaker, Justin Smith.

Aug 31st, 2019
David Metcalf

Unified spoils

Unified spoils

Jan 29th, 2016
Robert Rothfield

Needed a good three hours to open up, but when it did it was lights out

Needed a good three hours to open up, but when it did it was lights out

Sep 26th, 2019
Adam Eagan

Still a little young, but absolutely hypnotic. Black raspberry, vanilla, cherry/root beer, rocky (mineral) blueberry and a lift from a almost floral component. Tannin structure is still there, but was pleasant with our food choice. Delicious!!!

Still a little young, but absolutely hypnotic. Black raspberry, vanilla, cherry/root beer, rocky (mineral) blueberry and a lift from a almost floral component. Tannin structure is still there, but was pleasant with our food choice. Delicious!!!

May 24th, 2019
Jean-Francois Pelletier

Bright Ruby. Red fruit, licorice Aniston the nose. Can definitely detect the Grenache in there. Full body, red fruits backed by moderate tannins. Long finish.

Bright Ruby. Red fruit, licorice Aniston the nose. Can definitely detect the Grenache in there. Full body, red fruits backed by moderate tannins. Long finish.

May 15th, 2018
Andy Mc Nees

Treat yo self

Treat yo self

Dec 23rd, 2017
laura Sidney

Really liked this wine!! So surprised its majority grenache... I'm impressed!

Really liked this wine!! So surprised its majority grenache... I'm impressed!

Jul 14th, 2017
Doug Scott

So balanced and smooth, this is extremely drinkable. Sweet floral nose. Fruit, spice, meatiness, very smooth ample tannins carry through long finish. Better second day.

So balanced and smooth, this is extremely drinkable. Sweet floral nose. Fruit, spice, meatiness, very smooth ample tannins carry through long finish. Better second day.

Mar 27th, 2017
Doug Scott

Ripe fruit and floral nose, cedar. Anise, black cherry and spice with great earth and sweet but potent tannins through finish.

Ripe fruit and floral nose, cedar. Anise, black cherry and spice with great earth and sweet but potent tannins through finish.

Feb 22nd, 2017