2003 Saxum - James Berry Vineyard Bone Rock 750ml

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Professional Reviews For This Wine


Wine Advocate | Rating: 96

More sweet, ripe and up-front, with a downright sexy profile, the 2003 James Berry Vineyard Bone Rock checks in as a blend of 88% Syrah, 8% Grenache and 4% Mourvedre. From a hot vintage and a time when producers were pushing on the ripeness scale, this blockbuster pulls it off in style and offers up loads of sweet blackberry and kirsch fruit, dried flowers, incense, garrigue and licorice-like aromas and flavors. Showing tons of sweet fruit on the palate, with full-bodied richness and depth, sweet tannin and a great finish, it's made in an unabashedly pedal-to-the-metal style that won't appeal to everyone, but I'm a fan. It should continue to put a smile on everyone's face for another 3-5 years.

Drink Dates: 2014-2019
Author: Jeb Dunnuck
Issue: 213

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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 93

($56; 15.7% alcohol; mostly from south-facing vines in the highest, rockiest part of the property; includes bits of grenache and mourvedre) Bright ruby-red. Musky, wild aromas of black cherry, gunflint and espresso. Hugely ripe but still youthfully closed following the March bottling. Today this conveys more of an impression of surmaturite than the other 2003 releases and a bit less inner-mouth energy. But this is compellingly rich wine. Interestingly, Smith told me that he blended in a bit of fruit from the lower, cooler parts of the property, from vines harvested as much as six weeks later, and that he intends to do more of this in the future.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 121

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Collector Reviews For This Wine


Rating: 95
Author: Michael C
Trust Rating: 100
Tasted On: 02/10/2013
Excellent, typical Saxum. Sophisticated aromatic nose, complex and elegant sexy body, long finish. Wow!

1 of 1 people found this review useful.


Rating: 95
Author: Hal1
Trust Rating: 95
Tasted On: 11/22/2014

0 of 1 people found this review useful.


Rating: 95
Author: Charley
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 11/27/2014
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Rating: 95
Author: RhoneRanger
Trust Rating: 91
Tasted On: 11/27/2010

Average rating: 95, based on 6 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

413 bottles owned by 142 collectors.

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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.

Wine Varietal: Syrah


While the rest of the world is calling it "Syrah," Australia and South Africa stick to "Shiraz," their name for the same grape. Previously it was thought that the name Shiraz originated from a city in Persia where the Syrah grape was believed to have originated. Recently U.S. and French researchers demystified the name debate when they discovered that the Syrah grape was indigenous to France. Intense, robust and sometimes referred to as "manly," Syrah grows principally in the Northern Rhone. The spicy, peppery grape also grows abundantly in Australia, South Africa, and California, where it takes on a softer, thicker character than its French version. Typical descriptors for Syrah include blackberry, dark chocolate, mint, eucalyptus, smoked meat, black pepper, liquorice, and cloves.

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