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2018 Saxum James Berry Vineyard

Removed from a temperature and humidity controlled wine cellar; Purchased at retail

Ends Sunday, 7pm Pacific

RATINGS

99Jeb Dunnuck

...blueberries, wild strawberries, licorice, new leather, herbes de Provence, and candied violets...full-bodied, with an incredible sense of purity and elegance, flawless balance, and a huge finish.

98Vinous / IWC

...ripe blueberry, cherry compote, potpourri, candied licorice and exotic spices, and a smoky mineral nuance... Sweet...lavender pastille, cola and spice-cake flavors show outstanding depth as well as energy...finishes extremely long, sappy and precise, with polished, well-knit tannins emerging slowly.

97The Wine Advocate

It has an intense, alluring perfume with loads of layers, its warm tricolored fruits laced with notes of aniseed, coffee, earth and blue flowers. The palate offers explosive flavors with surprising lift and freshness, silky in texture and finishing very long, layered and spiced.

97Wine Spectator

Offers rich and expressive black cherry and blueberry flavors that draw in accents of crushed stone, garrigue and fruitcake spices. The finish glides at length toward refined tannins.

REGION

United States, California, Central Coast, Paso Robles

Paso Robles AVA is midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, and it is considered one of the West Coast’s most exciting winemaking regions. With its hot, sometimes searingly dry and sunny weather, it is especially good country for growing warm climate grapes such as Syrah, Grenache and Mourvedre. Because many Paso Robles wineries have been successful with blending these grapes into Rhone Valley-style wines, it is known as the Rhone zone of California. The AVA was created in 1983 and there are 32,000 vineyard acres. In late 2014 the AVA was divided into 11 smaller sub-appellations, so starting with 2015 vintages labeling will become more specific on Paso Robles wines, which will now also list sub-appellations. Located in San Luis Obispo County, Paso Robles, the town and its surrounding area, was traditionally a farming and ranching region. But from a few dozen wineries in the early 1990s to more than 200 today, the area is quickly becoming known for wine and risk-taking winemakers.