Saxum Vineyards

James Berry Vineyard Red Rhône Blend

9.475 ratings
9.317 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
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.5

The mid red fruits are candied on the nose with fresh violets and roses. It's glorious, ruby, candied & creamed raspberries, dark & light cherries, strawberries, just a hint of blackberries, plum, fresh perfumed violets & pink/red roses, milk & dark chocolate, cinnamon stick, vanilla, slight herbaceous quality and mid intensity volcanic minerals. She is a lush elegant beauty. Finishes fruit juicy transitioning to dry mid tannins. M+ to H acidity. I coravined a glass not sure if it would be ready but it is and will still improve over the next 5+ years. Interesting...this CA Rhone has a little Burgundian DNA.

The mid red fruits are candied on the nose with fresh violets and roses. It's glorious, ruby, candied & creamed raspberries, dark & light cherries, strawberries, just a hint of blackberries, plum, fresh perfumed violets & pink/red roses, milk & dark chocolate, cinnamon stick, vanilla, slight herbaceous quality and mid intensity volcanic minerals. She is a lush elegant beauty. Finishes fruit juicy transitioning to dry mid tannins. M+ to H acidity. I coravined a glass not sure if it would be ready but it is and will still improve over the next 5+ years. Interesting...this CA Rhone has a little Burgundian DNA.

Sep 24th, 2016
Nathaniel DiMaggio

Pretty darn ripe but a touch of balance.

Pretty darn ripe but a touch of balance.

Apr 1st, 2016
Tom Kisthart

Owner Craft & Curd

9.6

Pretty rad. Was way to drunk to remember much more than that.

Pretty rad. Was way to drunk to remember much more than that.

Feb 1st, 2016
Eric Hwang

Smoldering fall leaves, ripe blackberries mineral dust. Extracted and velvety with a smooth finish.

Smoldering fall leaves, ripe blackberries mineral dust. Extracted and velvety with a smooth finish.

Oct 25th, 2015
John Sweeney

Not super expressive and pretty introverted. Subtle red fruits and spicy Rhone characteristics. I think it needs time to really strut its stuff. Clearly Paso but underwhelming.

Not super expressive and pretty introverted. Subtle red fruits and spicy Rhone characteristics. I think it needs time to really strut its stuff. Clearly Paso but underwhelming.

Nov 3rd, 2014
Connor McMahon

Grenache is really showing its beauty with age. This wine is in a sweet spot

Grenache is really showing its beauty with age. This wine is in a sweet spot

Apr 9th, 2016
Tim Telli

James Berry. Love it

James Berry. Love it

Jan 24th, 2016
Bryan Kesting

Wine night with the boys...
There are no flaws in this wine. Drinking great right now.

Wine night with the boys...
There are no flaws in this wine. Drinking great right now.

Feb 5th, 2019
Jim McCusker

Fantastic. Right now, not as good as the Realm...but in 3-4 years, totally outpaces it. Happy New Year!

Fantastic. Right now, not as good as the Realm...but in 3-4 years, totally outpaces it. Happy New Year!

Jan 1st, 2019
Drew Miller

A wine that lives up to the hype! Feel blessed to have gotten to drink this one. Earthy goodness, tasted like it had some dirt in the cup. I mean that in the best way possible too! Very complex and smooth.

A wine that lives up to the hype! Feel blessed to have gotten to drink this one. Earthy goodness, tasted like it had some dirt in the cup. I mean that in the best way possible too! Very complex and smooth.

Aug 1st, 2018