Ojai Tasting Notes |
Our syrahs can be a little shy in their youth, but this stunning 2008 Syrah Santa Barbara County delivers engaging spicy aromas the moment the cork is pulled, and there is no disappointment in the flavor department either! It is rich, peppery and savory, and possesses such a fine balance that it betrays not a bit of heaviness. The 2008 vintage was very kind to us, as we were able to harvest all our grapes without the threat of a heat spell or rain. This syrah was made from a blend of Santa Barbara's finest vineyards, each of which I personally micromanaged from bud-break to harvest to ensure we ripened the highest quality grapes with the lowest yields. The fermentation took place in small stainless steel tanks, and then the new wine was gently pressed off into older French oak barrels for aging. After 18 months in barrel the wine was racked into a tank and bottled without filtration. Nurturing this wine though the process with a minimum of handling enabled us to capture its elusive, nuanced qualities.
Blend: 98% Syrah 2% Grenache
Vineyards: 65% Bien Nacido, 20% Melville 7% Thompson 4% White Hawk 2% Grenache Thompson 2% Solomon Hills.
Wine Advocate |
The 2008 Syrah presents a decidedly masculine expression of blue and black fruit. Deceptively medium in body, the Syrah shows excellent depth and balance. This is mostly Bien Nacido Syrah, with small amounts of Grenache and Mourvedre. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2023. 88 points
International Wine Cellar |
Inky purple. Powerful, deeply pitched aromas of black and blue fruits, licorice, olive and violet, with a smoky overtone: very syrah. Sappy, penetrating bitter cherry and blueberry flavors show very good depth and become spicier with aeration. Finishes chewy and sweet, with gentle tannic grip. Offers plenty of upfront appeal but has the structure to age too. 91 points
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