The 2007 Bone Rock, which comes from the James Berry Vineyard (82% Syrah, 13% Mourvedre, and the rest Grenache, also aged 28 months in a combination of smaller barrels, demi-muids, and pungeons), is super as well. Like its late-released sibling, it has an inky/purple color to the rim and an extraordinary, soaring set of aromatics consisting of spring flowers, pepper, graphite, blackberry and blueberry fruit with hints of raspberry and licorice and jus de viande as well. The extraordinary freshness and elegance of this wine leads to a minerality that even eclipses the Heart Stone. The finish goes on for a good 45+ seconds, and the purity is awesome. This extraordinary wine completes the 2007 portfolio of unbelievable efforts from the Smiths. (RP)
At points ultrarich, opulent and elegant, providing a broad range of dark berry, loamy earth, spice and cedar flavors, with touches of black licorice, sage and tobacco. Powerful yet restrained, gaining weight, depth and traction on the finish, where this ends with a peppery minerality that's fascinating. (JL)
Easily the best showing I’ve had of this wine (bottle was open for a day), the 2007 Saxum Bone Rock James Berry Vineyard, a blend of 82% Syrah, 13% Mourvedre, and 5% Grenache, shows deep, base like aromas of black fruits, licorice, roasted herbs, and touches of smoked meats on the nose. For all its size and ripeness, this still shows beautiful complexity and depth. Full bodied on the palate, with a decadent, thick texture that somehow stays light and fresh, ridiculous levels of concentration, firm underlying structure, and a very long, mineral-laced finish. I would give bottles another 2 to 4 years of bottle age, and then drink over the following decade.
Inky purple. A sexy, intensely perfumed bouquet of blackberry, boysenberry, Moroccan spices and violet, with a seductive incense quality that gains strength with air. Lush and creamy on the palate, offering deep black and blue fruit flavors and exotic floral character. Reaches every corner of the palate and finishes with outstanding clarity and powerful floral nuances. (JR)
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