Parker : 96 / 100
Wine Advocate-Parker :
The 2017 James Berry Vineyard Red is made up of 55% Grenache, 29% Mataro, 13% Syrah and 3% Carignan. It was made with 13% whole cluster and aged 21 months in various vessels including 48% new oak and 28% foudres. Medium to deep ruby, it has bombastic raspberry, cranberry, strawberry and pomegranate candy aromas with pure notes of garrigue, dried roses, orange oil, potpourri and an undercurrent of amaro character. The intense, medium to full-bodied palate explodes with nuanced flavor layers in a finely grained frame, with seamless freshness on the long, super perfumed finish. Wow! It's hard to choose a favorite between the 2016 and 2017 vintages--they're both spectacular. 1,250 cases produced.