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2009 The Ojai Vineyard Syrah White Hawk Vineyard Santa Barbara County
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93 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - November/December 2013

Opaque purple.  Smoky black and blue fruits on the perfumed nose.  Ripe, palate-coating cherry compote and blueberry flavors are enlivened by juicy acidity and notes of black pepper and fresh flowers.  Weighty but lithe, with excellent finishing clarity, supple tannins and lingering spiciness.

90 Points | Wine Spectator
93 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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Brilliant wine
by Syrah/Shiraz240836
Tanning the first day open ended, but over the next couple of days drank beautifully.


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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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