2006 Ojai Vineyards Syrah Melville Vineyard Sta Rita Hills

2006 Ojai Vineyards Syrah Melville Vineyard Sta Rita Hills

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Expert Ratings and Reviews

93 Points Wine Advocate, 2008
93 Points Wine Advocate, 2010
91 Points Wine Spectator

Customer Ratings

Based on 101 ratings
Heaven in a bottle

The Melville Vineyard in Santa Rita Hills is my favorite region in California for Syrah's and Pinot Noirs. Ojai is consistently the best value and quality in Syrah's for my tastes.

A bit short overall, but prominent rustic tannins

Pnp at 60*, then decanted after sampling, kept cool. Initially prevalent plum and blackberry fruit, especially on the nose, fairly bright acidity. With 2 hours time, minerality significant and smoke and cinnamon shone through, faint cacao. While a serious Ojai fan, I wonder how this bottle would rate blind. Mellville is not my favorite Syrah offering, but even with a clear head I would have called out the somewhat strong, borderline harsh, rustic tannins, which maintained their presence as the night worse on, plus a profile shift to more grey smoke and graphite with fruit waning a bit. Would sit this player on the sideline for a couple more years to see if it mellows. 90

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