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2011 Saxum Vineyards Syrah James Berry Vineyard Bone Rock Paso Robles
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95 Points | International Wine Cellar , November/December 2013

(Mostly syrah, with a bit of roussanne; made with 50% whole clusters and 15.6% alcohol):  Inky purple.  Heady, floral- and spice-accented scents of black and blue fruits, incense and licorice.  Stains the palate with intense cassis and blueberry flavors that are lifted by vibrant spice and floral pastille nuances.  Becomes sweeter and more energetic with air and finishes with superb clarity and length and smooth, fully absorbed tannins.  This is on the short list of the best wines that I tasted from California this year.

98-100 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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Syrah

While the grape is currently grown throughout the world, the most elegant Syrahs still come from the Northern Rhone valley, particularly the appellations of Côte Rôtie, Cornas, and Hermitage. Here, steep, terraced vineyards help produce full-bodied, intense, tannic wines loaded with white pepper and red fruit. In the vineyard, Syrah is largely cooperative- vines are productive, but not overly vigorous. Skins are thick, helping the grape...
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