Got the opportunity to taste to some bottled 2007 Saxum. Back up the freaking truck. If these taste this awesome in bottle now, when they have more time to develop extra nuisances they are going to be insane.
The two James Berry wines literally blew me away and quite possibly could end up being my favorite Paso wines of the vintage (as if they aren’t already each vintage).
The booker (which isnt’ released this mailer) and the broken stones I feel need some time in barrel still. Good thing that the BS/James Berry’s won’t be shipped till Fall… I wouldn’t be able to keep my grubby hands off em!
2005 Saxum 44 Month Barrel Age James Berry Vineyard - USA, California, Central Coast, Paso Robles (8/19/2009)
A powerful nose of fresh raspberry, pomegranate, and fresh bread that hit your right in the nose like a sledgehammer. Needed about a hour in the bottle to open up but when it did it was probably the most “complex” Saxum I’ve yet to taste. Deep dark fruit core with prominent notes of cigar, forest floor and some light floral on the finish. The finish went on for eons, with layers and layers of complexity.
We saved half a bottle for the next day and the secondary characteristics gave way to strong fruit and minerality. I preferred it a hour in… a lot of the guys preferred the next day.
2007 Saxum Broken Stones - USA, California, Central Coast, Paso Robles (8/19/2009)
A light airy nose of cedar and ripe red fruit. Chalky tannins on the palate with a slim mid palate of red fruit that requires some time to resolve . Some tobacco notes on the finish with just a tinge of oak.
2007 Saxum James Berry Vineyard - USA, California, Central Coast, Paso Robles (8/19/2009)
WOWSER what a freaking wine. A little hint of heat that disappeared after a few minutes in the glass. Beautifully concentrated bright red fruit with notes of violet and a touch of oak. On the palate you get just loads and loads of fresh picked fruit with a raspberry finish that goes on for days. There is great acidity with a fresh minerality that is nothing like the bigger almost “jammy” 06 James berry. This wine is incredibly clean and fresh and easily top of the heap.
2007 Saxum Syrah Booker Vineyard - USA, California, Central Coast, Paso Robles (8/19/2009)
wine needs a ton of time in bottle and I’m glad Justin doesn’t release it for awhile. It has a spice box, red fruit nose with fresh strawberries with lean fruit on the palate that’s really closed up.
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