Friday, March 13, 2009

Saxum is Badass! The Bone Rock has arrived...

Divas, as you know, I frequently blog about wines. Spring is rolling around, and in the Diva household, that means spring wine shipments are starting to arrive at the door. Yesterday, my boyfriend, Kuzak, carted home a special box of wine, holding two precious bottles of Saxum Bone Rock 2006. This is a wine we've been waiting to be offered, and finally this year, we leapt at the chance to try it! Saxum is one of our favorite California wineries, known for their rich Syrah, Grenache, and Mourvedre blends from the Templeton Gap of Paso Robles, California, and Bone Rock is their top bottling. The grapes are grown at a special site carved out of a mountain in the James Berry vineyards. Check out this description for Saxum's website:

The Bone Rock block is a steep hillside at James Berry Vineyard that in 1990 we used jackhammers to carve out a four acre, stepped terrace vineyard in the almost solid calcareous soil, unearthing fossilized whale bones in the process. Yields of 1 ton per acre produce fruit that is extremely concentrated with flavors of cassis, black pepper, and crushed stones.

Robert Parker already gave this wine a score of 94-96 points, calling it spectacular and stating that the upcoming 2007's may be Saxum's finest bottling to date. In addition to the Bone Rock, they produce several other wines we love, including their Heart Stone, Broken Stones and James Berry. Diva ratings will be forthcoming when we get around to tasting this wine, but no promises there, this one should hold up to some heavy duty cellaring.

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