2015 Paso Robles "James Berry Vineyard" Syrah
What can you say about James Berry Vineyard that has not already been said? Incredible terroir, expert farming, and a source of delicious, world-class wines. And if that wasn’t enough, despite all their success, you will not find two nicer and more humble people than owners Justin and Heather Smith. The stars have surely aligned over James Berry Vineyard! Our Syrah from the small block below the Bone Rock section was picked September 25th. On the skins for a total of 20 days, the wine was aged in all French oak, 33% new. Bottled unfined and unfiltered.
Very dark ruby-purple. A deep, blackberry filled nose is highlighted by notes of earth, spring flowers, and a slight note of charcuterie. On the palate, concentrated and full bodied but in no way heavy or ponderous. In fact, quite a bit more civilized and harmonious than other recent vintages. (A mid-July rain proved to be very beneficial in 2015.) Nevertheless, still very age-worthy. Peak drinking should be between 2020 (if you like ‘em young) through 2032 (if you like ‘em old). (MRO – 07/18/17)