Saxum James Berry Vineyard Bone Rock Syrah 2004

Saxum James Berry Vineyard Bone Rock Syrah 2004

SKU C0287


The '04 Bone Rock is the most subtle and restrained that we have ever produced, yet it is still a big juicy mouthful. The Bone Rock blend comes from the Bone Rock block of James Berry Vineyard. It is a steep terrace of old head trained Syrah vines on a south facing slope. We unearthed fossilized whale bones when we terraced it and then needed to use jack hammers to plant the vines. This wine might be the most structured blend Saxum produces and because of its density, tannin, and acidity, it needs a few years to unfold. Our wines are never racked off their lees and are bottled unfined and unfiltered.
Category Red Wine
Region California, Central Coast, Paso Robles
Brand Saxum
Alcohol/vol 15.8%
  • wa93

Wine AdvocateMade 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.

Robert Parker, August 2006
  • we93

Wine EnthusiastA gorgeous wine, soft as old kid leather, with impressively ripe blackberry pie, chocolate, anise and coffee flavors. Although it's high in alcohol, the wine isn't hot. Defines West Paso Rhône reds. 85% Syrah, plus Grenache and Mourvèdre.

Steve Heimoff, December 1, 2006