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2008 Saxum - James Berry Vineyard Bone Rock

abv 15.5%
  • 96 WA
  • 95 WS
  • 95 IWC
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SKU: 88473-2008-750-2B
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 95

    Bright purple. Amazingly complex bouquet of spice-accented cassis, candied blackberry, fresh violet, cocoa powder and smoky minerals. Densely packed and sweet but also bright and lively, with potent dark berry, floral and licorice candy flavors that become smokier and spicier with air. Fine-grained, supple tannins come on late. This rich but lithe wine shows enormous potential but drinks extremely well now, with some aeration.
    Author: Josh Raynolds
    Issue: November/December 2011
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 95

    Syrah driven (83 percent), tight and muscular, with dense, chewy tar, black berry, mineral, cedar and sage, roasted herb and sage, full blown and intense, yet for all its size and stature, it is very compelling and complete, sure to benefit from cellaring. Syrah, Mourvedre and Grenache.
    Author: James Laube
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 96

    The 2008 Bone Rock comes across as quite delicate and perfumed in its expressive bouquet. Hints of smoke, mint and tar add complexity to the dark, black fruit in this beautifully balanced wine. I find a bit more complexity and nuance in the 2008 than in the 2009. I especially like the aromatic lift and freshness here. The 2008 Bone Rock is 83% Syrah (75% whole clusters), 13% Mourvedre and 4% Grenache. The wine spent 30 months in French oak and was bottled in January 2011. Anticipated maturity: 2011-2020.
    Author: Antonio Galloni
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Author: Fabroni
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Author: Johnnymd
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.

California is the heartland of wine production in the US, and the state that brought prestige to American wine thanks to the pioneers who built early wineries like Staglin, Beringer, Ridge, Mayacamas and Chateau Montelena in the 1800s. Its large geographic area ensures a great diversity in growing sites, varieties grown, and quality levels. Generalizations about the state's wines have numerous exceptions; however, a few key facts generally hold true—ample sunshine, dry weather during the growing season, and moderate winters prevail. Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon continue to dominate the state's production—albeit in continually smaller percentages, as growers continue to diversify. More than 100 different varieties can be found throughout the state.

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 374 bottles owned
  • 115 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 94
    (Out of 115 collectors)