2012 marked the 10th anniversary of working with grapes from James Berry Vineyard. Justin Smith has taken the reigns from his parents over the past few years and the evolution is fun to watch with new plantings of head pruned Grenache and Carignan and more fun replants on the way. Needless to say, this remarkable location continues to produce what we think is some of the best fruit in the area. Each year we take our best James Berry barrels and produce High Road as a tribute to this stellar site.
2012 High Road with its energetic nose shows cassis, shiso, coal and smoked meats. The palate is rich yet focused with notes of boysenberry, candied orange peel, Szechuan pepper and wet stones. If you simply can’t wait to crack one, give it a good decant. We suggest you save more than a few bottles for the cellar as the sweet spot is a few years off and it’s going to be remarkable! Drink 2015-2025.
“The 2012 High Road James Berry is a big, powerful red. Dark plum and flowers meld together as this intense, richly structured wine shows off its considerable personality. The 2012 boasts serious density and volume. There is a lot to look forward to, but the High Road needs time to fully come together. In this vintage the blend is a little more heavily tilted towards Grenache. The 2012 is essentially a blend of two Grenache/Syrah/Mourvèdre co-ferments, one done with 50% whole clusters, the second done with 30% stems. The blend is 50% Grenache and 25% each Syrah and Mourvèdre. 93+points” ~ Antonio Galloni