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Professional Ratings: 96 Vinous / Antonio Galloni, 94 Wine Spectator, 94 International Wine Cellar
Region: Central Coast, California
Varietal: Rhone Red Blends
Other Info: Collectible Wines, Boutique Wines
Style: Big & Bold
Item no. 120719
The 2010 James Berry Vineyard is my personal favorite since the 2007 vintage. It has great concentration and intensity, with tons of red and black fruits jumping from the glass. Because of the cool year and our refined winery techniques, it contains great focus, purity of fruit, and freshness. I think that's my favorite part. The freshness we captured. In no small part this vibrancy comes from the fact that most of the Grenache was aged in concrete tank, along with the large puncheons. The Mourvedre and Syrah saw time in tight grained French oak, adding some nice layers and richness to the wine.
Readers will have to be patient with the 2010 James Berry Vineyard. Still reticent and very tightly wound, the 2010 is in no mood to show the full breadth of its personality. There is wonderful purity to the Grenache-inflected red toned fruit, even if the wine remains reticent. All of the energy and tension I found in the wine last year remains present. If anything, the 2010 is even less expressive today than it was a year ago. The James Berry is 52% Grenache (done in concrete), 26% Mourvèdre and 22% Syrah.
The intense, vivid blackberry, blueberry, pepper and spice notes are tightly focused and persistent in this red, ending with a long finish and tannins that give the flavors traction. Very pure and rambunctious, and should only get better with time. Grenache, Mourvèdre and Syrah. Best from 2014 through 2026.
Glass-staining ruby. Ripe blackberry and cherry on the intensely perfumed nose and in the mouth. Dense but surprisingly energetic, offering sweet black raspberry and candied lavender flavors and a hint of cola. Supple tannins give shape to a long, sweet, strikingly lively finish, which echoes the floral note.