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2005 The Ojai Vineyard Syrah Melville Vineyard Sta. Rita Hills
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93 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - November/December 2009

($44) Vivid ruby. Highly perfumed bouquet of blackberry, potpourri, smoky minerals and incense. Vibrant red and dark berry flavors gain depth and sweetness with air, picking up an exotic candied floral quality. The mineral element resonates strongly on the strikingly pure and focused finish. This is pretty sexy right now but possesses the balance to reward patience.

90 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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Bold and rich
by Tiritilli13843056
Deep dark color, Rich bold flavors or dark fruits, hint of tabacco, with a bit of pepper. Smooth tannins and a long finish. Excellent bottle of wine.
Time is of the essence!
by Harbour13690804
Opens up nicely after 2 to 3 hours of air......then very approachable and elegant!
Syrah at it's best
by Shiel12394943
Very pleased with this one. Smooth from start to finish. Good fruit and pepper.
by brower13654983
Very Cote Rotie Complex yet silky on the tongue. Better with an hour or two of air


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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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