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2007 The Ojai Vineyard Syrah Thompson Vineyard Santa Barbara County
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91 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - November/December 2010

($26) Opaque purple. Oak-spiced dark berry preserve and cherry on the nose, with hints of dried violet and cracked pepper adding complexity. Sweet, expansive dark fruit flavors provide impressive palate coverage and pick up floral pastille and spice notes in the mid-palate. Fruitier than the straight Santa Barbara bottling, with no rough edges and a long, sweet finish.

92 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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