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Community Tasting Notes (156) Avg Score: 92.5 points

  • So it turns out that the Coravin can kill spritz. This was the final glass and change from a Coravined bottle which was much more resolved than the previous glasses. Very dark wine for 11 years old, to the point that you would have no indicator of age at all. On the palate this is dominated by rich blackberry and blueberry notes with big spice, then more tertiary leather and tobacco notes on the finish. With more time in the glass, a raspberry liquor flavor, with a slight medicinal tone, started to emerge. The integration of the very high alcohol is probably the greatest achievement with this wine. I think this will hang on for a while, but I don't think this will improve with age.

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  • The spritz was back!

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  • Fantastic after 2 hour decant. Definite efervescent on opening. I shook this vigorously several times over a couple of hours and it paid off and with a little patience it was fantastic. Full bodied, well balanced but a little short on the finish; wishing the flavors would last forever. Very nice spice on the palate. Very enjoyable.

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  • Yes, the spritz was very much there and needed about 45 minutes to resolve itself. A very deep ruby, which almost skewed a little purple. It was slightly cloudy and certainly didn't look 11 years old. Initially the nose was full of leathery tertiary notes, but with time, the alcohol became the prominent aroma, despite not really being noticeable on the palate. Complex palate, with a base of deeper black fruit, although with a red fruited grenache influence that felt much larger than the 10-12% present in the blend. There are strong leather and mushroom notes that really balance the wine out, along with a big five-spice note (which may have been exaggerated, since I was having this with five-spice crusted pork). Given the raw power of the wine, the finish was shorter than expected, but not bad. Really held the alcohol well at almost 16%. Far from an all time classic Saxum, but still a good wine and an interesting "how they got here" sort of historical footnote for the truly great, more recent, wines.

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  • After all this time, still a touch of spritz, but it is settling down. Still a lot of fruit here, plums and blackberries, and although the alcohol is imperceptible, you'll feel it by the time the bottle is drained. Some very faint high-toned aromatics and aged notes make me think another 2-3 years might still yield some upside...

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  • By Stephen Tanzer
    September/October 2006, IWC Issue #128, (See more on Vinous...)

    (Saxum Winery Syrah James Berry Vineyard Bone Rock Paso Robles) Subscribe to see review text.

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  • By Richard Jennings
    8/16/2008, (See more on RJonWine.com...) 88 points

    (Saxum Bone Rock James Berry Vineyard) Funky carbonic maceration, black fruit and prune juice nose; carbonic maceration, black fruit, fig and prune palate with drying medium finish

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