2011 Saxum - James Berry Vineyard Bone Rock 750ml

USA - California - San Luis Obispo - Paso Robles/ Red / Syrah
2011 Saxum - James Berry Vineyard Bone Rock

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International Wine Cellar | 95

(Mostly syrah, with a bit of roussanne; made with 50% whole clusters and 15.6% alcohol): Inky purple. Heady, floral- and spice-accented scents of black and blue fruits, incense and licorice. Stains the palate with intense cassis and blueberry flavors that are lifted by vibrant spice and floral pastille nuances. Becomes sweeter and more energetic with air and finishes with superb clarity and length and smooth, fully absorbed tannins. This is on the short list of the best wines that I tasted from California this year.

Author: Josh Raynolds
Issue: Issue 171

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Wine Advocate | 98+

Decidedly cool climate in character, the 2011 James Berry Vineyard Bone Rock comes from steep, terraced plots of old head trained Syrah vines that, in 2011, wasn't harvested until November. Co-fermented with a splash of Roussanne and Mourvedre, it's a spectacular effort that makes the most of the cool, long growing season. It's also the most long term prospect in the lineup. Offering up a tight, Cornas-like bouquet of black and blue fruits, white pepper, spring flowers and salty minerality, it is full-bodied, beautifully concentrated and seamless on the palate, with ultra-fine tannin and building richness that only starts to develop with a healthy decant. It's a gorgeous wine, yet needs to be forgotten for at least 4-5 years. It should drink nicely through 2031.

Drink Dates: 2018-2031
Author: Jeb Dunnuck
Issue: 214

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Wine Spectator | 93

Classic notes of pepper and wild berry give this sturdy red plenty of backbone and tension. The tannins are more muscular and gripping than in recent vintages, giving the flavors traction and length.

Drink Dates: 2013-2026
Author: James Laube


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More Vintages and Sizes of Saxum - James Berry Vineyard Bone Rock:

2010 (750ml)
2009 (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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