2010 Saxum "Bone Rock - James Berry Vineyard" Paso Robles Syrah
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Coming from a steep, terraced plot of head-trained Syrah, the 2010 James Berry Vineyard Bone Rock (90% Syrah and 10% Roussanne) is easily the most structured, intense wine in the lineup. Sporting absolutely off-the-hook aromas of smoked meats, black fruits, liquid mineral, pepper, and cigar wrapper, it flows onto the palate with a thick, incredibly rich texture that somehow manages to stay light and fresh. A total behemoth, it needs time to fully flesh out, yet is up there with some of the most monumental young wines I’ve tasted. It should be forgotten for 3-4 years, and then consumed over the following two decades. (JD)
The 2010 Bone Rock is just as fabulous from bottle as it was from barrel. Layered, intensely fragrant and always changing in the glass, the 2010 flat-out stunning. Layers of dark varietal fruit continue to blossom as the wine shows off its pedigree. Even with all of its richness, the 2010 never comes across as overly heavy. Hints of jasmine and lavender add lift on the finish. The 2010 is 89% Syrah from head-trained vines in James Berry and 11% Roussanne. Justin Smith used 50% whole clusters on the Syrah components. Readers lucky enough to find the Bone Rock should not hesitate. It is superb. (Antonio Galloni)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Opaque ruby. A heady, alluringly perfumed bouquet displays scents of cherry compote, black raspberry, potpourri and incense. Deep, sweet and pliant, showing remarkably intense, concentrated red and blue fruit preserve flavors and a sexy floral pastille nuance. Shows superb clarity and energy on the gently tannic finish, which leaves sappy red fruit and floral notes behind.
Built to cellar, this is intensely peppery, rich and vibrant, with dark berry, roasted herb and espresso. Gains depth and persistence through to the finish, revealing subtle flavor nuances that touch on tobacco, road tar and licorice. Best from 2014 through 2026.