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Author: Josh Raynolds
Issue: Issue 171
(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.
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Author: Jeb Dunnuck
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.
Author: James Laube
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.
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