Ratings & Tasting notes:
100 points Jeb Dunnuck
Just about off the charts in every category, my money is on the 2017 James Berry Vineyard Bone Rock being the wine of the vintage. Awesome aromas of crème de cassis, crushed violets, white flowers, and spice all flow to full-bodied, powerful, yet seamless and perfectly balanced wine. It’s certainly the finest barrel sample of this cuvée I’ve tasted.(10/2019)
98 points Vinous
Inky purple. Deep-pitched aromas of cherry preserves, blackberry, fruitcake, exotic flowers and incense on the highly perfumed nose. Stains the palate with concentrated black/blue fruit liqueur, allspice, licorice and violet pastille flavors enlivened by a smoky mineral nuance that builds through the midpalate. Conveys a suave blend of richness and vivacity and betrays no rough edges. Appealingly sweet and expansive on the strikingly long, focused finish, which features resonating dark berry and floral notes and subtly chewy tannins. (JR)(12/2020)
95 points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
The 2017 Bone Rock is a blend of 66% Syrah, 16% Graciano, 9% Mataro, 5% Roussanne, 2% Grenache and 2% Petite Sirah aged in about 60% new oak. Deep ruby-purple, it opens to violets, cassis, vanilla, bay leaves and char aromas. Full-bodied, it floods the mouth with dark, spicy fruits with good juiciness and a youthfully firm but ripe frame, and it finishes long and floral. (EB) (1/2020)
Stored in a climate controlled cellar on its side in the dark at 55 degrees F and 75% humidity since purchase.