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Professional Ratings: 98 The Wine Advocate, 95 Wine Spectator
Region: Central Coast, California
Varietal: Rhone Red Blends
Other Info: Collectible Wines, Boutique Wines
Style: Big & Bold
Alcohol By Volume: 15.5%
Item no. 110894
The 2008 Bone Rock is maybe the most structured version yet, I find myself being sucked into it while tasting, like it's a black hole, brooding is a fitting descriptor. Because of it's density, tannin, and acidity, it really needs a few years to unfold, so be patient please!
Blend: 83% Syrah, 13% Mourvèdre, 4% Grenache
Not yet bottled, the 2008 Bone Rock (84% Syrah, 13% Mourvedre, and the rest Grenache) exhibits a chalky minerality intermixed with floral blackberry and blueberry fruit. Some subtle spice is present in this wine, which is made with a high percentage of whole clusters, yet no stemminess is apparent. Unctuously textured, it is one of the thickest and most viscous of any of the 2008s. The wine has profound concentration yet impressive delineation and acidity in the background. This is a massive powerhouse that needs more time in barrel (which is obviously why it hasn’t been bottled yet), and should evolve for 15 or more years. This wine is likely to be aged for up to 32 months or more in a combination of wood barrels (very few new), before being bottled unfined and unfiltered by Justin Smith. This wine has a great upside and should have tremendous longevity. 96-98 points
Tight and muscular, with dense, chewy tar, blackberry, mineral, cedar, sage and roasted herb flavors. Full-blown and intense, yet for all its size and stature, this is very compelling and complete, sure to benefit from cellaring. Syrah (83 percent) with Mourvèdre and Grenache. Drink now through 2024. 550 cases made.