2. 2017 LEDGE James Berry Vineyard $65
2017 James Berry Vineyard
35% Grenache, 30% Syrah, 26% Mourvedre, 11% Roussanne
Paso Robles, WIllow Creek AVA
One of the true blessings of beginning our career at James Berry Vineyard is being able to include this rare wine in our portfolio. This lot of stunning fruit is all fermented together with 50% whole cluster inclusion. The wine was wild fermented and aged in a combination of neutral and New French oak for 20 months.
The 2017 James Berry Vineyard is a complex, elegant blend of 35% Grenache, 30% Syrah, 26% Mourvèdre, and a whopping 11% Roussanne that was brought up in a new 500-liter barrels and a used 300-liter barrel. Sexy notes of candied cherries, plums, cracked black pepper, and bouquet garni all flow to a medium to full-bodied blend that has a silky, seamless texture, polished tannins, and a beautiful sense of purity and complexity paired with plenty of richness and depth- Jeb Dunnuck 95+pts
Brilliant violet. Potent, sharply focused red and blue fruit preserve, exotic spice and floral oil scents pick up a bright mineral overtone as the wine opens up. Alluringly sweet and energetic on the palate, offering intense, sharply defined raspberry, boysenberry and bitter cherry flavors that slowly unfurl and become sweeter on the back half. Delivers an uncanny blend of richness and delicacy and finishes extremely long and spicy, with resonating blue fruit character and velvety tannins that come on steadily.-Josh Raynolds, Vinous 95pts