TN: 2005 Saxum Syrah Bone Rock James Berry Vineyard (USA, California, Central Coast, Paso Robles)

  • 2005 Saxum Syrah Bone Rock James Berry Vineyard - USA, California, Central Coast, Paso Robles (9/7/2009)
    This is a great wine. I opened this towards the end of a large BBQ for our partners, lawyers and staff at my house. Because of the flow of people in and out, the only ones left were office staff - no lawyers - so I went down to the cellar with two of them and gave them a few choices. They picked the Bone Rock because of the label. Popped, decanted and poured. I will admit that the nose has a bit of alcohol on it which the wimps among you find unacceptable. For me, it just kept the wine from getting to the rarified air of 96 pts or higher. The color was extremely dark. The palate was red fruit - cherries, plums and a bit of raspberry - and spicy smoked black pepper with a meaty component, just a tiny drop of vanilla and some very light background oak. Tremendous complexity. There are a lot of other flavors mixed in so you might find some others instead, like some blackberry. This wine has the stuffing to stand up to a day in which we cooked a massive amount of strong food for 40 people and then entertained them for 6 hours. If you do not like flavor in your wine, DNPIM, and then there will be more for me. 93% Syrah, 7% grenache. (95 pts.)

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