Saxum Vineyards

James Berry Vineyard Grenache Blend

9.439 ratings
9.410 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
9.5

Monthly WTF group recap. Theme this month was “bring something special”. Normally we taste all of the wines blind, but we decided to do a relaxed night with amazing wines at a great restaurant. Spectacular evening!


I normally lean toward Syrah dominant wines, but I’m really starting to appreciate Saxum’s play on Grenache. Lots of spiced red fruits here like rhubarb and peppercorn dusted black cherries with some sweet baking spices. Great acidity here and not remotely close to tasting like its ABV. Palate is similar to the aromatics with bright red fruit but has a core of black peppercorn, jerky and underripe blackberries. Very good right now.

Monthly WTF group recap. Theme this month was “bring something special”. Normally we taste all of the wines blind, but we decided to do a relaxed night with amazing wines at a great restaurant. Spectacular evening!


I normally lean toward Syrah dominant wines, but I’m really starting to appreciate Saxum’s play on Grenache. Lots of spiced red fruits here like rhubarb and peppercorn dusted black cherries with some sweet baking spices. Great acidity here and not remotely close to tasting like its ABV. Palate is similar to the aromatics with bright red fruit but has a core of black peppercorn, jerky and underripe blackberries. Very good right now.

Oct 10th, 2019
Shay A
9.5

Fun afternoon at Classic with great company. Glad you could join us Bryan.

This was my contribution and I loved being able to try this alongside the ‘11 that Bryan brought. So different! The ‘11 had almost 25% more Grenache than this, and was definitely lighter, spicer and had more acidity. This was dark and brooding and had more tannin on the finish. Fresh squeezed ripe blueberries and blackberries with peppercorn strip and charred plum. Obviously young, I re-corked and will update tomorrow...

Day 2: More floral up front on the nose and more savory on the palate with graphite and herbs de Provence. Decidedly more red fruit dominant at the finish...rhubarb and black cherry. More complexity for sure. Enjoyable now if given a 2hr decant, or hold for 2-3 more years.

Fun afternoon at Classic with great company. Glad you could join us Bryan.

This was my contribution and I loved being able to try this alongside the ‘11 that Bryan brought. So different! The ‘11 had almost 25% more Grenache than this, and was definitely lighter, spicer and had more acidity. This was dark and brooding and had more tannin on the finish. Fresh squeezed ripe blueberries and blackberries with peppercorn strip and charred plum. Obviously young, I re-corked and will update tomorrow...

Day 2: More floral up front on the nose and more savory on the palate with graphite and herbs de Provence. Decidedly more red fruit dominant at the finish...rhubarb and black cherry. More complexity for sure. Enjoyable now if given a 2hr decant, or hold for 2-3 more years.

May 11th, 2019
Charlie Beatty

Buyer wineworksonline.com

9.7

Awesome first time for me. This mostly Grenache (on label) loaded with intense black fruits that jumped from the glass. Liquorish flavors with plum . It kept getting better and better all night. CB 97+ in my book 2013 Vintage

Awesome first time for me. This mostly Grenache (on label) loaded with intense black fruits that jumped from the glass. Liquorish flavors with plum . It kept getting better and better all night. CB 97+ in my book 2013 Vintage

Dec 6th, 2016
Michael L S

Over 2 hour decant. Rich, powerful, earthy and still a refreshing acidity cuts through. Delicious now but will last for a while

Over 2 hour decant. Rich, powerful, earthy and still a refreshing acidity cuts through. Delicious now but will last for a while

Sep 24th, 2016
Carey Bailey

An amazing wine. Rich, lush wine with aromas of floral blackberry, raspberry and dark chocolate. Just now opening up. Could lay down for a few more years and would be better.

An amazing wine. Rich, lush wine with aromas of floral blackberry, raspberry and dark chocolate. Just now opening up. Could lay down for a few more years and would be better.

Sep 7th, 2018
Jonathan Salky

Yes! Thanks @Graham Dresden

Nov 20th, 2017
Kirk F
9.5

Wow. Massive wine. Opened an hour ago and now just fantastic. The finish sails on and on. Awaiting my 16oz Bone in filet at Manny's to pair perfectly.

Wow. Massive wine. Opened an hour ago and now just fantastic. The finish sails on and on. Awaiting my 16oz Bone in filet at Manny's to pair perfectly.

Aug 12th, 2017
Bryan Thomas

Ripe and in balance - very nice

Ripe and in balance - very nice

Jul 16th, 2017
Stacey Land

There is something about this blend from Paso that just works for me. Great acidity, amazing mouthful of dark fruit, leather and violets.

There is something about this blend from Paso that just works for me. Great acidity, amazing mouthful of dark fruit, leather and violets.

Apr 29th, 2017
Chris Regina

Young. Too soon but seductive please provide promise of greatness.

Young. Too soon but seductive please provide promise of greatness.

Mar 17th, 2017