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Saxum James Berry Vineyard Named Wine of the Year

Paso Robles red blend earns top honors for 2010

Posted: November 17, 2010

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Interest in Wine Spectator’s Top 100 is so intense that one motivated wine lover breached our website, found out the top five wines of the year and posted the information on several wine sites. So in fairness to all our loyal readers and the community of wine lovers in general, we are advancing the official announcement of these wines by two days.

The Saxum James Berry Paso Robles 2007 (98 points, $67) is a distinctive blend of Grenache, Mourvèdre and Syrah made by Justin Smith, a young and talented rising star in California’s Paso Robles region. For this wine’s classic quality and reasonable price, and its testimony that Paso Robles has earned its place on the world’s wine map, Wine Spectator has selected it as our Wine of the Year for 2010.

For more information about this wine, and to learn about the wines that earned the rankings just behind it, please view our full Top 100 package.

While this completes the countdown of the Top 10 wines of 2010, there are 90 more to come. A full list of the entire Top 100 will be posted on Monday, Nov. 22, at 10 a.m.

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