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Community Tasting Notes (41) Avg Score: 94.2 points

  • Only had about an hour of decanting, but then it continued to improve over the next two hours. From nose to finish this was a mix of Cherry Kijafa and burnt blueberry pie, along with a healthy dose of chalk/fleur de sel. The brine on the mouth and finish was very reminiscent of a Washington-state Syrah (a la Cayuse). Very unusual experience for a Paso wine. I am used to my Saxums being huge on fruit and low on structure, so this threw me for a loop. In fact, I drank this with salty food (pastrami sandwich with pickles) and it did not work well because it all just got saltier as the meal went on. It was better by itself.

    This wine will hold for several more years, but is enjoyable now. I have never been a huge fan of the Bone Rock bottlings, but this was a solid performer. Just be sure to give it a few hours of air before wandering into its path. You have been warned.

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  • Magnum night in the CLE (The Penthouse at IMG Headquarters in Downtown Cleveland): One of the co-WOTN's. From Magnum. The bottle was open and allowed to breathe for about 12 hours prior to serving. I think it helped. Gorgeous nose of black raspberries, black pepper, grilled meats, and violets. Also some chocolate. On the palate, exquisite texture. Silky yet velvety. Power yet balance. Deft on the palate. Lots of black raspberry fruit, depth and tight layers of pepper, minerals and fruit. Long finish. Wonderful wine. My red WOTN.

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  • Splash pour...wish I had decanted. Initially, the nose is blackberry and blackcurrant. Consistent with the rich, meaty, cassis and blackberry flavors and subtle black pepper on the back end. Big bold stuff...not for the faint of heart. The wine is full bodied, has a juicy texture and a long finish. After a couple of hours, I was enjoying it even more as things settled down and became a bit more integrated/approachable...dare I say more friendly. Will pop the next bottle in a few years to see how it develops. Scores will be higher for sure.

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  • Rich, delicious full-bodied blackberry fruit with black olive and cassis flavors, excellent structure, very smooth and integrated, ready to drink

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  • 1hr+ decant. A lot of pepper and spice, rather full bodied with big flavors. Was disappointed as expected much more

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  • By Josh Raynolds
    November/December 2011, IWC Issue #159, (See more on Vinous...)

    (Saxum Vineyards Syrah James Berry Vineyard Bone Rock Paso Robles) Subscribe to see review text.
  • By Antonio Galloni
    Exploring California's Central Coast (Aug 2011), (See more on Vinous...)

    (Saxum Bone Rock Paso Robles) Subscribe to see review text.

  • By Richard Jennings
    2/1/2011, (See more on 78 points

    (Saxum Bone Rock James Berry Vineyard) Dark purple red violet color; big, oaky, boysenberry, baked berry, oak nose; concentrated, oak, baked berry palate, hard to drink; long finish (83% Syrah, 13% Mourvedre, 4% Grenache)

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