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2005 Saxum - James Berry Vineyard Bone Rock 750ml
2005 Saxum - James Berry Vineyard Bone Rock
USA - California - San Luis Obispo - Paso Robles
Red / Syrah
2005 Saxum - James Berry Vineyard Bone Rock
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Professional Reviews


International Wine Cellar Author: Josh Raynolds Issue: Issue 135

($75; 93% syrah and 7% grenache) Glass-staining purple. Exotic boysenberry, kirsch and candied violet aromas are positively intoxicating, expanding with air and picking up a wild, head shop-like character. Deep, chewy and sweet, offering palate-coating dark berry liqueur flavors and urgent mineral lift. It's remarkable for a wine to possess such weight and sweetness while maintaining focus-even elegance. Finishes with outstanding breadth and cling, leaving flowers and boysenberry in its wake. "This is the last one we'll release this year," owner/winemaker Justin Smith told me, also noting that he's not afraid to put syrah into a high percentage of new oak, depending on the vintage, since "it's a variety that can easily handle it."

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Wine Advocate Author: Jeb Dunnuck Issue: 213

While I wasn't able to taste the 2004, the 2005 James Berry Vineyard Bone Rock is a knockout. A blend of 93% Syrah and 7% Grenache that was aged in 500-liter French oak puncheons, it boasts a thrilling bouquet of cassis, lead pencil shavings, licorice and toasted spices. Seamless, pure and layered, with superb concentration and perfect balance, it has sweet tannin and an awesome finish. Give it a short decant if drinking anytime soon.

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Wine Spectator Author: James Laube

Dark, dense, rich and concentrated, with a tight, firm band of blackberry, wild berry, dark chocolate and smoky oak, revealing wonderful depth, concentration and complexity. Syrah and Grenache.

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Community Reviews


Charley Trust Rating: 99 Tasted On: 04/23/2012 Drink Dates:

Always spectacular. However, had the Conterno first and it sort of dulled the significance of the Saxum. Very, very good, but about the same level, just different.


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


Seaway J Trust Rating: 98 Tasted On: 02/15/2008

with this wine, I understood what minerality is and was immediately hooked. Very subdued at first but slowly blossom into something complex


Johnnymd Trust Rating: 96 Tasted On: 06/21/2009

Typical syrah fruit with more complex scents and flavors of smoke and leather. Tannins are mature imparting a long finish.

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