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2008 The Ojai Vineyard Syrah Melville Vineyard Sta. Rita Hills
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92 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - November/December 2012

Bright purple.  A heady bouquet displays fresh red fruits, candied flowers, lavender and Asian spices.  Velvety and gently sweet, offering intense black raspberry and cherry flavors along with cola and spicecake nuances.   A kick of black pepper adds lift to the pliant, persistent finish, which features darker berry and smoke qualities.  Owing to its appealingly elegant character, this is delicious right now.

92 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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Syrah

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