2009 Saxum - James Berry Vineyard Bone Rock 750ml

USA - California - San Luis Obispo - Paso Robles/ Red / Syrah
2009 Saxum - James Berry Vineyard Bone Rock

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The 2009 Bone Rock is a round, enticing red laced with sweet, succulent dark cherries, plums, flowers and spices. It shows remarkable intensity and fabulous balance. Bone Rock is made from the first blocks planted in the James Berry vineyard and is predominantly Syrah, while the James Berry Vineyard (the wine) is Grenache focused. In 2009 the blend was 57% Syrah, 31% Mourvedre and 12% Grenache. The Syrah component was vinified with 100% stems and saw a maceration lasting 50 days. The wine was aged in 60% new oak. Smith bottled the 2009 in May 2011, earlier than the norm (around 30 months), as he wanted to preserve the freshness he had in the tannins.

Drink Dates: 2012-2021
Author: Antonio Galloni
Issue: 196

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Score: 96
Author: Johnnymd
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 10/05/2014
Surprisingly balanced for the amount of alcohol. Don't serve warm!
Score: 95
Author: cglass80
Trust Rating: 87
Tasted On: 03/29/2014
More Vintages and Sizes of Saxum - James Berry Vineyard Bone Rock:

2011 (1.5L)
2011 (750ml)
2010 (750ml)
2006 (750ml)

About This Producer


Saxum Vineyards is focused on producing Syrah, Grenache, and Mourvedre-based blends from the Templeton Gap of Paso Robles, California. They let their rocky calcareous soils, steep hillsides, and cooling ocean breezes speak through their wines by keeping yields extremely low, picking fruit at the peak of ripeness, and using a minimalist approach in the cellar. Production is kept at a total of 2200-2800 cases per year divided between 6 different cuvees: Broken Stones, Heart Stone Vineyard, James Berry Vineyard, Booker Vineyards, Rocket Block and Bone Rock.

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