Saxum, James Berry Vineyard White, Paso Robles, CA 2017

$159.99 USD
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  • Saxum, James Berry Vineyard White, Paso Robles, CA 2017
  • Saxum, James Berry Vineyard White, Paso Robles, CA 2017

Saxum, James Berry Vineyard White, Paso Robles, CA 2017

$159.99 USD
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Grape: 55% Grenache Blanc, 32% Roussanne, 8% Chenin Blanc, 5% Petit Manseng

"The James Berry White. This wine was a long time coming! I’ve been wanting to make a white for many years, but wanted to make it perfect, and I knew in the old Saxum facility we didn’t have the space or right equipment to do our fruit justice. We have had Roussanne planted here since 1997, but I wanted to bring in some extra brightness that Roussanne can often lack, so I planted some Grenache Blanc on an East facing section of the Rocket Block hill. My hunch paid off, and the combo of the rich waxy Roussanne is cut and lifted with some bright citrusy Grenache Blanc. We wanted this wine to have some structure and age ability like a classic White Burgundy, but with a California twist. We pressed straight to barrels, a combination of 320L hogsheads and 600L demi-muids, all new French except one used 600L (from Dageuneau no less!). The juice was barrel fermented and left on its lees with occasional lees stirring for the entire 20 months. This wine did not see any SO2 until it was racked to tank for bottling, unfined and unfiltered of course. What emerged is a seriously structured yet complexly aromatic white. More flint and mineral on the nose than you might expect from a California white, but the mouthfeel is rich and focused at the same time. I’m quite happy with it. Like Saxum reds, it will greatly benefit a couple years of aging, more if you have the patience." - Justin Smith, Saxum

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