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Ojai Syrah Santa Barbara County White Hawk 2003

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2003 SYRAH WHITE HAWK Santa Barbara County Of the two syrahs that we are offering this spring, the White Hawk is the easiest to enjoy right now. It is dense, chocolate-y and rich, yet not heavy or ponderous in any way. This wine seems like a contradiction-it is so concentrated, yet light on its feet. It is certainly drinkable now, but will benefit enormously from aging for a few more years. Very sleek tannins in the finish are beautifully integrated.

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White Hawk Vineyard:
The White Hawk Vineyard is planted on ancient sand dunes on the south facing slope of Cat Canyon, a side of the Los Alamos Valley in Santa Barbara County. It's 21 miles west of the Pacific and 2 miles north of Los Alamos and planted at 900 feet elevation. This region is recognized as a top producing wine region. Fog often embraces the small vineyard in the morning before gentle afternoon breeze... Read more
The White Hawk Vineyard is planted on ancient sand dunes on the south facing slope of Cat Canyon, a side of the Los Alamos Valley in Santa Barbara County. It's 21 miles west of the Pacific and 2 miles north of Los Alamos and planted at 900 feet elevation. This region is recognized as a top producing wine region. Fog often embraces the small vineyard in the morning before gentle afternoon breezes chase it away to allow the sun's rays to slowly ripen the fruit. We custom farm using sustainable and primarily organic viticulture. The yields are miniscule and the berries intense with a strong core of acidity is complemented by elements of meat and blackberries. Although Chardonnay is also planted in this 75 acre vineyard, much of White Hawk's vineyard is planted with Syrah clone 1 on 5c rootstock or Syrah clone 6 on 140R rootstock. Fruit from White Hawk vineyard is shared with other prominent wineries including Ojai Vineyard, Andrew Murray Vineyards, Herman Story Wines, and Sine Qua Non. White Hawk vineyard fruit is also used by Longoria Winery, IO Winery, Clos Mimi Wines, Silver Winery, Ingersoll Wine, Royal Oak Winery, Rideau Vineyard, Paige 23 Wines, Sea Smoke Cellars, and Wild Horse Winery. Read less

Member Reviews for Ojai Syrah Santa Barbara County White Hawk

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Snooth User: monty1
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4.00 5
10/18/2007

Nice syrah - and real. True to its varietal. At release this was a JAm bomb. 4 years after release the fruit receaded and the smoke and pepper emerged. Very dark and concentrated.


External Reviews for Ojai Syrah Santa Barbara County White Hawk

External Review
Source: Millesima USA LLC
05/18/2010

1 x 750ML Bottle


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
09/22/2010

The 2003 Syrah White Hawk Vineyard is intense. This wine, which comes from sandy soils, possesses an opaque blue/purple color, fabulous fruit concentration and density, a noble definition and sweetnes... Robert Parker's Wine Advocate. A Syrah wine from California in USA. 2003 Ojai Syrah White Hawk Vineyard 750ml


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Source: Millesima USA LLC
10/15/2009

Ojai is recognized for truly fabulous Syrah bottlings of which White Hawk is perhaps the most remarkable. Owner Adam Tolmach avows that White Hawk is an internationally-styled Syrah, yet it is decidedly Santa Barbara at its best. Very large scaled, decadently rich and moath-coating with very fine grained tannins, this stunning Syrah is somehow controlled and balanced at the same time. Worth every bit of its "95" score by that celebrated critic!



2003 SYRAH WHITE HAWK Santa Barbara County Of the two syrahs that we are offering this spring, the White Hawk is the easiest to enjoy right now. It is dense, chocolate-y and rich, yet not heavy or ponderous in any way. This wine seems like a contradiction-it is so concentrated, yet light on its feet. It is certainly drinkable now, but will benefit enormously from aging for a few more years. Very sleek tannins in the finish are beautifully integrated.

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