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2003 Saxum - James Berry Vineyard Bone Rock 750ml
2003 Saxum - James Berry Vineyard Bone Rock
USA - California - San Luis Obispo - Paso Robles
Red / Syrah
2003 Saxum - James Berry Vineyard Bone Rock
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Professional Reviews

IWC
93

International Wine Cellar Author: Stephen Tanzer Issue: Issue 121

($56; 15.7% alcohol; mostly from south-facing vines in the highest, rockiest part of the property; includes bits of grenache and mourvedre) Bright ruby-red. Musky, wild aromas of black cherry, gunflint and espresso. Hugely ripe but still youthfully closed following the March bottling. Today this conveys more of an impression of surmaturite than the other 2003 releases and a bit less inner-mouth energy. But this is compellingly rich wine. Interestingly, Smith told me that he blended in a bit of fruit from the lower, cooler parts of the property, from vines harvested as much as six weeks later, and that he intends to do more of this in the future.

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WA
96

Wine Advocate Author: Jeb Dunnuck Issue: 213

More sweet, ripe and up-front, with a downright sexy profile, the 2003 James Berry Vineyard Bone Rock checks in as a blend of 88% Syrah, 8% Grenache and 4% Mourvedre. From a hot vintage and a time when producers were pushing on the ripeness scale, this blockbuster pulls it off in style and offers up loads of sweet blackberry and kirsch fruit, dried flowers, incense, garrigue and licorice-like aromas and flavors. Showing tons of sweet fruit on the palate, with full-bodied richness and depth, sweet tannin and a great finish, it's made in an unabashedly pedal-to-the-metal style that won't appeal to everyone, but I'm a fan. It should continue to put a smile on everyone's face for another 3-5 years.

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Community Reviews

95

Michael C Tasted On: 02/10/2013

Excellent, typical Saxum. Sophisticated aromatic nose, complex and elegant sexy body, long finish. Wow!

95

RhoneRanger Trust Rating: 91 Tasted On: 11/27/2010

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