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2004 The Ojai Vineyard Syrah White Hawk Vineyard Santa Barbara County
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95 Points | Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine
91(+?) Points | International Wine Cellar , November/December 2007

($45) Bright purple. Inky dark berry and cherry liqueur aromas are brightened by suave minerality. Smoky blackberry and bitter cherry on the palate, with firm tannins adding support. Ripe and impressively full but a bit backward right now, slowly opening to display sweet, liqueur-like dark fruits and strong but not hard-edged tannins. Leave this one alone for at least a few years.

92+ 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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