Saxum, James Berry Vineyard, Bone Rock, Syrah 2010

Bottle Size: 750 ml

Rating: WA99

Year: 2010

Coming from a steep, terraced plot of head-trained Syrah, the 2010 James Berry Vineyard Bone Rock (90% Syrah and 10% Roussanne) is easily the most structured, intense wine in the lineup. Sporting absolutely off-the-hook aromas of smoked meats, black fruits, liquid mineral, pepper, and cigar wrapper, it flows onto the palate with a thick, incredibly rich texture that somehow manages to stay light and fresh. A total behemoth, it needs time to fully flesh out, yet is up there with some of the most monumental young wines I?ve tasted. It should be forgotten for 3-4 years, and then consumed over the following two decades.