Big Blind Tasting at Behrens am Kai, Düsseldorf Never drank before, very massive and concentrated Cal Cab. Pure Eucalyptus syrup. You think cassis and black currant are in the background. Tannins ripe, mighty and pleasable but needs a lot of air. 15,8% is well integrated. I like this style even it is a little bit overboarding. We will see what happens in the 5-10 years. 95-96
Dark garnet-purple, completely opaque, darker than its sibling vineyards. Actually has faster "legs" and less viscosity than several of the others, especially James Berry. The aroma is very pronounced, of dark fruits, smoke, and meat, with French oak. Very concentrated flavors, also black fruits and tar, but the fruit nicely balances the tannin and acid...excellent balance! Slightly hot on the finish, which lingers a long time. Opened seven hours before pouring, still great five hours later; this should probably be aged another couple of years but can be enjoyed now with several hours of airing. Ric
3 for my birthday (Maybach, Saxum, Clos des Papes) (My Home): Beautiful showing for this wine. Popped and allowed to breath a bit then consumed over a couple of hours. Inky purple in color. No doubt, this is a hug wines. Aromas of black raspberries, blueberries, black pepper, licorice and slight floral notes. Great lush texture. Quite nimble on its feet. No heat. Lots of black and blue fruit. Nice balance. Long finish. Awesome.
3 Rhys, Saxum, Suduirat +++ (Dick and Sue's): Great showing for this wine. Purple in color. The nose has black raspberries, black pepper, grilled meats. Full bodied. No heat. Lots of black raspberry fruit. Showing some development, but nowhere near peak. So smooth and easy to drink with a great lush texture. Long finish. I think this was a great pairing and perfect placement in the meal.
Slow Oed for 3+ hours then decanted prior to taking to offline. Dark, no sed. Wonderful nose a of dark berries, vanilla, flowers n spice. Palate also big, no noteable heat, good balance n structure. This new worldean Syrah blend stood out tonight from our heralded old world selection. Hold or drink with some airtime.
San Diego WineSpectator.com Offline, 5/17/2014 (Grant Grill, U.S. Grant Hotel, San Diego): 82% syrah, 13% mourvedre, 5% grenache. 15.7% alcohol. Opened, allowed to breathe in bottle, then decanted and re-bottled 4 hours before serving. Clear dark inky purple black color. Huge glorious bouquet of sweet boysenberry pie, jammy black fruit, bitter cocoa, sweet oak, vanilla and bourbon. Massively extracted yet balanced and structured. A 94 point bouquet with a 91 point palate.
First bottle was slightly corked so opened a second. That one was very good. Big, brooding but with time opened up to reveal great dark aromatics with a touch of flowery notes. Thick and juicy in the mouth. Had it together with a 2001 that was very impressive.
Two Big Syrahs for the Big Game (Watching the SuperBowl): Opened and allowed to breath for about an hour (it needed more, but this was a last minute decision). Purple in color, shining and bright. The nose is great with black and red raspberries, white pepper, a bit of grilled meats. Full bodied. Smooth with no sign of alcohol or heat. Great velvety texture. The flavors jump deftly on the palate. Tightly wound, it kept unwinding as the night progressed. Still quite young and needs plenty of time at this point. Just delicious though.
full bodied, not sweet, hints of blackberry, great tannins. great great finish. high alcohol percentage but certainly not in taste. great fun wine to drink.. its got years of life left but so ready to drink now. last bottle... bummer IIm on a lot of wine lists that I hem and haw over the price of entry. Saxum is one vineyard that I will never turn down an offering good years or bad. enjoy and have fun.
Chicago Wine Flock..."Top Central Coast Syrah from Rich" (Chez Nanda - Chicago IL): Tasted double blind. Open 5+ hours before serving. Deep, dark and very intense. Massive concentration, but manages to retain elegance and balance. Seems short on acidity, so I'd drink sooner rather than later. very pleasant;y surprised when this was unveiled because I have not had god experiences with the Saxum 2007 (non Bone Rock) James Berry, which is more Grenache vs mostly Syrah here.
WOTY thus far. Absolutely exceptional. Preparation - I was drinking it at a dinner in NYC so it was in my office. No decanter so three hours before dinner I poured out about four ounces into a glass and the poured it back, let the bottle rest open, and then recorded to bring to the restaurant. Decanted into a wide bottom decanter at the restaurant and then sat for about another hour as we had a Ramonet Chassagne Montrachet with shrimp cocktail. The color was extremely dark. Red, but almost impenetrably black. When I poured this, the nose was spicy as well as fruity. There was some cedar pn the ose as well. Dark fruit. On the palate, there were layers and layers of complexity, even though still mostly primary. Raspberry and dark red fruits, a bit of blueberry. Smooth dark smoked black pepper with the characteristic meatiness that people ascribe to the Mourvedre. Still some tannic bite to it but rough edges of youth are gone. BRAVO Justin. I have more and this could be the WOTY every year for the next five years . . . But then again I've got other Saxums to enjoy.
Wine, Browns and my 55th Birthday (My Home): Seems to be in an awkward phase at the moment. Still outstanding, but was better on Day 2 IMO. Purple in color. Lots of black raspberry fruit, minerals, smoked bacon, black pepper. Smooth and no trace of alcohol on the palate. Tons of fruit but a bit disjointed on opening. Came together over night and was delicious.
Just outstanding. Decanted for an hour, drank over the next three. This is a brooding monster of mostly syrah, that I believe needs more time in the cellar. It is almost as if the wine is in the barrel sample stage. Great now but should be better if not magnificent over time.
Just a great bottle of wine. My first time to try the Bone Rock. This is just a baby but beautifully balanced with deep dark fruit and incredibly long finish. I hope to try this again in about 5 years.
Dark purple. Rich rasperry and cherry flavors, herbs. Very concentrated, slate, peppery. One would expect more complexity and lenght below the muscles. One would expect more than the 5% Grenache. Overall good wine but after one glass is enough. Not really my style of wine. Drink - 2020.
Saturday Tasting Group (Knightsbridge Wine Shop (Northbrook, IL)): Sorry guys. I hate to tip the scale here, but I just wasn't feeling this wine and neither were the majority of the crowd. Really brooding and black as night. Massive in your face bitter chocolate and blackberries. Some stinky foot, meat and dried herbs. The palate was big and over the top. The balance wasn't in harmony. Yes, this was only open maybe ten fifteen minutes, but still, think it shoulda shown better.
Rich, delicious, smooth, elegant, full-bodied blackberry/blueberry fruit with chocolate, spice, and black olive flavors, excellent structure, long finish, wine is drinking very nice, drank it against a 2007 Cayuse Armada, both were spectacular but quite different renditions of American Syrah wine
A seriously gorgeous bottle of wine. ~6-7 hour decant. No formal notes, but an insanely well balanced symphony of ripe black and blue fruits, notes of ripe red currants,raspberry, pepper, and strawberry. Perfectly integrated, sweet tannins and a LONG, LONG finish. Extraordinary. Will still benefit from a couple years in the cellar.
This is, I believe, the first of the '07 Saxums I've had. Lots of rich, ripe aromatics (floral, smoke, classic Syrah), as with other Saxums. Full-body, but good freshness, with the Grenache coming through, and a good deal of tannin. Still young but can be enjoyable now if you give it some time to open.
--- COLOR: Opaque black-purple with garnet-purple rim that has a little haze NOTE: Drank next to the 2005 Saxum Booker and this came in a shade behind. The nose seems very Grenache-driven (though only 5% of the blend), almost brambly, with loads of sweet, ripe blackberry and mulberry compote, then a little raspberry jam and some garrigue along with a whiff of heat. The mouth is very rich and hedonistic, displaying more beautiful blackberry liqueur, black pepper, meat juices (13% Mourvedre). Within the first hour the tannins still clamp down a lot, but this really does soften after about 8 hours and becomes a beautiful melange of black fruit syrup and 60% dark chocolate bar, a bit of tar and tobacco in the afterglow. It's missing that glycerin I crave so it's not a 98/99 pointer for me, but I can see how it could get to 95 in a couple of years. Give this some time.
DECANT: 1-8 hours GLASS USED: Bordeaux TASTE: 9.3+ OTHER: COST: 75 VALUE: 8.0 PREVIOUSLY TASTED: n/a TRY AGAIN: 2014 - 2020 PAIRING: Okay with Pizza, but a bit too hot Inquiries can be addressed to firstname.lastname@example.org ---
An amazing wine that has a long life ahead it. It's so young but drinking great and should even get better over the years. Outclassed by the 2007 Scarecrow and the SQN shot in the dark. I've been buying the Saxum Bone Rock since the first vintage the 2000 but this one is definitely the best ones I've consumed.
A smack of blueberries and alcohol on the nose. The palate is huge and monolithic, essentially blueberry pie. Lots of creaminess and some oak and black pepper which accentuates the alcohol. Unbalanced for now. Surprisingly crowd pleasing though. Let them sleep.
This wine was huge. Bursting with lots of flavor. Bold fruit, hints of sweet tabacco. Smooth finish that belies the 15.7% alcohol. Everything was so very well balanced. Had this wine along side 2007 Hundred Acre Cab. Both wines were superb. This one is very unique, and it's easy to see why wine is so highly rated. It's also very age worthy. It could go on for a long time. Now I just have to find another bottle. Wish me luck.
Tasted non blind. Opened and decanted about 4 hours before serving.
Dark garnet to purple color in the glass, clear looking throughout. Nose of cocoa powder, currants, black berries and a deep perfume. Rich and juicy flavors of berries, cherries, chocolate and currants. Medium acidity, medium to firm tannins, full bodied. Drink now with some serious air time or continue to hold let's say 3-4 years before trying again.
Wow. Popped and poured for the Super Bowl after reading Don C.'s note on the Boards. This was surprisingly open and after a short time was good to go. Purple/ruby in color. The nose is vibrant with black raspberries, raspberries, leather, grilled meats and black pepper. Great texture. That Saxum ability to be large yet dance on your tongue with a lightness that belies its alcohol. Great fruit. Finish that goes on forever. Just a wow wine. Although it is still young, there is some room for development and this could be perfect.
This was a pop and pour and shared with friends. I had a few tastes over about a 2 hour period. Wonderful black cherry and blueberry nose with licorice and black pepper. Dark, rich and packed with fruit, black pepper, some chalk/mineral elements and licorice. A long finish. Well done. The people with whom I shared the wine, all new to Saxum, were quite pleased.
Popped in poured and watched over a couple hours. Pretty tight and feeling more structured and hard than my go around with other 07 Saxums. It did open up a bit after 2-3 hours in my glass. There is a nice purity here of course with some hints of complexity. As mentioned above I never got the soft fat feeling I have from the JB and HS when I've tasted those. The fruit opening up was forward and big. this needs some time clearly or to be opened the night before. Nice.
My second Saxum...and enjoyed it a lot more than my first. Huge black and blue fruit, smoked and peppered meat, vanilla, and spice. Just a huge wine but walks the line. Now I really want to try an aged Saxum. Thanks JW!
15.&% alcohol. Opened and double decanted through a vinturi before serving. Dark garnet to purple color in the glass, clear hue throughout. Nose of sandlewood, cassis, Kirsch, florals, blueberries, cocoa and talc. Lots happening here. Flavors of black berries, Bing cherries, dark chocolate and black licorice. Medium acidity, firm to very firm tannins, full bodied. Hold. No rating at this time but I'm guessing good to very good here. Just needs more time in the bottle.
This wine was way too young, and the tannins were a bit too strong for me. If given a few years, I think it will be a lot better than I have rated it. The nose had a lot going on. Black currant, cherry, smoke, tar, pepper, floral notes, and vanilla. The palate, though tannic, had lots of rich, thick, dark fruit. It also had a little chocolate, and some smoke, tar, and pepper. It had a good amount of oak on the finish.