Jeb Dunnuck, JebDunnuck.com
Tasting Date: 10/31/2019
Another perfect wine is the 2016 James Berry Vineyard Rocket Block, which always comes from a single block of the oldest Grenache vines in the James Berry Vineyard as well as around one-third of Mourvèdre. Its deep ruby/purple hue is followed by incredibly complex notes of black fruits, chocolate, cured meats, flowery incense, and assorted spicy, meaty, Mourvèdredominated nuances. Full-bodied, voluptuous, and perfectly balanced, with that rare sense of intensity paired with elegance, it has some upfront appeal, but do your best to give bottles 2-4 years of bottle age.
Robert Parker 98 pts.
Tasting Date: May 2019
The 2016 Rocket Block James Berry Vineyard shows fabulous potential, but it’s still a baby, offering up a deep-pitched bouquet of wild berries, wood smoke, sweet licorice and dried flowers. On the palate, it’s full-bodied, rich and layered, with great concentration and rich tannins that are hidden by an exuberantly primary core of fruit. In a subtle departure from 2015’s 100% new puncheons, the 2016 is being matured in 73% new puncheons and the balance in used wood, where it will spend another 12 months
1.5 L MAGNUM
Perfect Provenance. Purchased directly from Saxum Vineyards in 2019.