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Saxum 2005 James Berry Vineyard Red (Paso Robles)

  1. $55

Solidly in the Saxum style, which is to say a high alcohol (15.5%), massively flavored wine of enormous concentration and power. The blackberry, cherry, cassis and chocolate flavors have all kind of overtones, ranging from licorice and vanilla to gingerbread and candied violets. Saxum has become a cult favorite, one of the highest-priced brands from Paso Robles…

 — S.H.  (5/1/2008)
95
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Saxum 2002 Bone Rock James Berry Vineyard Syrah (Paso Robles)

  1. $52

This is awesome Syrah. It starts with wonderfully rich and inviting aromas of Provencal herbs, such as thyme, bay leaf and rosemary, and a note of lavender. The fruit is all cherries and blackberries, sweet and pure, seasoned with smoky oak. Fresh in acids, backed with firm but soft and complex tannins, this is a dramatic and beautiful wine. What a long, rich finish.

 — S.H.  (12/31/2004)
94
points

Saxum 2006 Bone Rock Red (Paso Robles)

  1. $75

Erupts in aromas of spices, grilled meat and black pepper. In the mouth, it turns lush, with massive flavors of cherries, blackberries, black raspberries and mocha. Three-fourths new oak adds elements of vanilla, smoke and butter. Tremendous, and a great success for the vintage. Now–2012.

 — S.H.  (10/1/2009)
94
points

Saxum 2005 James Berry Vineyard Bone Rock Red (Paso Robles)

  1. $55

The wine comes from a particular portion of the estate vineyard, and is almost entirely Syrah, with a splash of Grenache. It is a brilliant wine, entirely New World, and impressive even by California and Australia standards. Massively rich in cherry, chocolate, cassis, licorice, vanilla and cinnamon spice flavors, the ’05 Bone Rock is softly tannic and compulsively…

 — S.H.  (5/1/2008)
94
points

Saxum 2003 Bone Rock Syrah (Paso Robles)

  • Editors' Choice
  1. $56

Here’s a young wine that opens with a blast of white pepper, then airs slowly to reveal layers of cassis, grilled meat, chocolate, anise, tar and toasty oak. In the mouth, it’s flamboyant and full-bodied, a little soft, but decadent. This wine is so rich in fruit, you could pour it over vanilla ice cream. It will be fabulous with a charbroiled steak.

 — S.H.  (10/1/2005)
93
points

Saxum 2005 Booker Vineyard Red (Paso Robles)

  1. $55

This new bottling from Saxum is nearly all Syrah, with a splash of Grenache. In youth, it’s dark and somewhat brooding, rich in tannins. But acidity is low, and the tannins are of the ripely sweet modern kind, so the wine is immediately drinkable. Immense in blackberry, cassis, mocha and dusty Asian spices, it’s gorgeously rich and decadent.

 — S.H.  (5/1/2008)
93
points

Saxum 2004 James Berry Vineyard Bone Rock Red (Paso Robles)

  1. $65

A gorgeous wine, soft as old kid leather, with impressively ripe blackberry pie, chocolate, anise and coffee flavors. Although it’s high in alcohol, the wine isn’t hot. Defines West Paso Rhône reds. 85% Syrah, plus Grenache and Mourvèdre.

 — S.H.  (12/1/2006)
93
points

Saxum 2002 Bone Rock Syrah (Paso Robles)

  1. $48

Similar to Saxum’s Broken Stones Syrah, but more refined and, paradoxically, more intense. The sweet core of cherry, cola, mocha and oak finishes spicy and very long. This wine is as plush and smooth as they get, one of the best in the state.

 — S.H.  (12/1/2004)
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