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2008 The Ojai Vineyard Syrah Roll Ranch Vineyard California
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92 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - November/December 2012

Inky purple.  Pungent cherry, plum and dark berry aromas are complemented by bitter chocolate, licorice, herbs and espresso.  Deep and rich on the palate, offering impressively concentrated cherry pit, blackcurrant and candied licorice flavors and a sweet mocha tone on the back.  The bright, penetrating, gently tannic finish features a sappy, sweet note of dark berries and very good energy.

94 Points | Wine Spectator

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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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