Saxum Vineyards

Bone Rock James Berry Vineyard Syrah Grenache

9.4211 ratings
9.364 pro ratings
Paso Robles, Central Coast, California, USA
Syrah, Grenache
Lamb, Chocolate & Caramel, Herbs, Soft Cheese, Salami & Prosciutto, Turkey, Pasta, Mushrooms, Veal, Tomato-Based, Chicken, Exotic Spices, Potato, White Rice, Duck, Nuts & Seeds, Onion, Shallot, Garlic, Asian Cuisine, Salads & Greens, Quinoa, Farro, Brown Rice, Quinoa
Top Notes For
Dr. Owen Bargreen

The 2012 Saxum ‘Bone Rock’ Syrah (WWB, 95) is a stunning wine which shows tremendous verve, terroir, weight and intensity, with an exceedingly long finish. The wine is sourced from the Bone Rock block of James Berry Vineyard which is a steeply sloped site planted to head trained Syrah. Amazingly enough, while terracing they found fossilized whale bones when they were digging and needed to use jack hammers to plant the vines. It is not surprising that the flinty undertones impress alongside a deep core of dark currants, wild blackberries and pipe tobacco flavors. The brightness and length of the wine adds to the drinking enjoyment. Showing beautiful poise and elegance, the 2012 ‘Bone Rock’ Syrah will continue to provide drinking enjoyment over the next ten to fifteen years. Drink 2020-2033

The 2012 Saxum ‘Bone Rock’ Syrah (WWB, 95) is a stunning wine which shows tremendous verve, terroir, weight and intensity, with an exceedingly long finish. The wine is sourced from the Bone Rock block of James Berry Vineyard which is a steeply sloped site planted to head trained Syrah. Amazingly enough, while terracing they found fossilized whale bones when they were digging and needed to use jack hammers to plant the vines. It is not surprising that the flinty undertones impress alongside a deep core of dark currants, wild blackberries and pipe tobacco flavors. The brightness and length of the wine adds to the drinking enjoyment. Showing beautiful poise and elegance, the 2012 ‘Bone Rock’ Syrah will continue to provide drinking enjoyment over the next ten to fifteen years. Drink 2020-2033

Feb 20th, 2020
Greg Stobbe

After couple of hours decanted, this gorgeous bottle of #Saxum Bone Rock's aroma wafted around the counter: Blackberry, cassis, smoke, dark berries, licorice and a sweetness that only powerful #Syrahs offer. So complex. Love what comes out of the James Berry Vineyard. #SaxumVineyards

After couple of hours decanted, this gorgeous bottle of #Saxum Bone Rock's aroma wafted around the counter: Blackberry, cassis, smoke, dark berries, licorice and a sweetness that only powerful #Syrahs offer. So complex. Love what comes out of the James Berry Vineyard. #SaxumVineyards

2 people found it helpfulJun 2nd, 2014
Bill Bender

Cedar and tar on the nose. Black rasberry fruit, white pepper, the end cut of of a herb crusted roast. Dense, chewy and substantial. Almost all the elements are there but there was an ever so slight chalky, sour milk after taste that keeps it from reaching the upper echelon for me.

Cedar and tar on the nose. Black rasberry fruit, white pepper, the end cut of of a herb crusted roast. Dense, chewy and substantial. Almost all the elements are there but there was an ever so slight chalky, sour milk after taste that keeps it from reaching the upper echelon for me.

Jul 8th, 2017
Tobin Trevarthen

Decanting. Still a bit tight. Gritty Syrah. Mourvèdre pops as wine airs. Vanilla came on strong over time. Tannins softened into a lovely experience.

Decanting. Still a bit tight. Gritty Syrah. Mourvèdre pops as wine airs. Vanilla came on strong over time. Tannins softened into a lovely experience.

Dec 26th, 2016
James Parker Huston, CWE

Sommelier Charlie Palmer

9.5

Jingle, jingle, jingle...

Jingle, jingle, jingle...

Dec 25th, 2015
Daniel Mahdavian

Consulting Somm-Daniel Mahdavian Ventures

9.9

Sublime. Ripe. Lucius. Generous very dark fruit. Berries. Stone. Velvet. Crushed. Opulent. Royal.

Sublime. Ripe. Lucius. Generous very dark fruit. Berries. Stone. Velvet. Crushed. Opulent. Royal.

Nov 14th, 2015
Mark Maruszak

Crazy awesome. Tons of black pepper, smoke, tobacco and bacon fat. Luscious dark fruits. Very fruit forward palate. Waaaaaay too young.

Crazy awesome. Tons of black pepper, smoke, tobacco and bacon fat. Luscious dark fruits. Very fruit forward palate. Waaaaaay too young.

Oct 29th, 2015
Rashmi Primlani

Highly aromatic and juicy. Delightful!

Highly aromatic and juicy. Delightful!

Oct 19th, 2015
Bill Bender

After dinner pop and pour and it needed time to open that I did not provide it. Have some in the decanter for a post Masters re-visit tonight. Last night this was super tight and just too hot for me. My guests loved it and raved. Interim rating.

After dinner pop and pour and it needed time to open that I did not provide it. Have some in the decanter for a post Masters re-visit tonight. Last night this was super tight and just too hot for me. My guests loved it and raved. Interim rating.

Apr 12th, 2015
Eric Hwang

Managed to get the dregs of this bottle. Savory bacon, dark fruits and saddle leather. Meaty, rich, black fruits with mocha and graphite flavors. Firm tannins and lingering finish makes this one of my favorites of the evening.

Managed to get the dregs of this bottle. Savory bacon, dark fruits and saddle leather. Meaty, rich, black fruits with mocha and graphite flavors. Firm tannins and lingering finish makes this one of my favorites of the evening.

Feb 1st, 2015