2004 Saxum - James Berry Vineyard Bone Rock 750ml

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Professional Reviews For This Wine


International Wine Cellar | Rating: 94

($65; 85% syrah, with 12% grenache and 3% mourvedre; 15.8% alcohol) Deep, bright ruby-red. Deeply pitched aromas of black raspberry, violet, gunflint, tobacco, tar and cola. Lush and sweet but firm and imploded; deeper and more concentrated than the "regular" James Berry bottling but less evolved. Finishes with superb breadth and viscosity, but has the ripe acids-not to mention the rocky minerality-to maintain its shape and balance. Wonderfully deep wine.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 128

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Wine Advocate | Rating: 93

Made from a blend of 85% Syrah, 12% Grenache, and 3% Mourvedre, there are 500 cases of the 2004 Bone Rock James Berry Vineyard. It possesses a saturated ruby/purple color along with tight, restrained aromatics of blackberries, blueberries, and flowers, good acidity, fleshy, full-bodied flavors, and fine elegance, delicacy, and finesse ... rare for a wine of this size and intensity. It will drink well for 10-12 years.

Drink Dates: 2006-2018
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 166

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Collector Reviews For This Wine


Rating: 94
Author: Michael C
Trust Rating: 100
Tasted On: 02/09/2013
A great wine. But the bottle has a small pop like Champaign when opened. The wine is a bit spritzy at first. So I looked up the Internet and found others observed similar stuff, By definition, this should be a faulty wine. But the unplanned and uncontrolled second fermentation ended up in a good way, at least on the two bottles I tried. The spritzy feel is gone after about 30 minutes. The wine is at its best after 1-2 hours of decanting. Big, forward fruity nose followed by well-balanced smooth intense flavors and lingering finish. Everyone is like... WOW!

Rating: 92
Author: Charley
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 03/17/2012
Drink Dates:
Very berry good! Nose terrific, opened up and was just outstanding. Better than the last time I remember having this wine. Four tasters tasted and loved.

Rating: 90
Author: Johnnymd
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 12/05/2008
A bit spritzy at first. Strong blueberry nose, moderate tannin, slightly tart.

Average rating: 94, based on 5 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

831 bottles owned by 306 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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