Ojai Syrah Santa Rita Hills Melville Vineyards 2002

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2002 Ojai Syrah Melville-The cool climate in which these grapes grow, greatly influences the character of this wine. ...

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The Wine Cellar, IL
Palatine, IL (590 mi)
USD 66.99
750ml
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Full bright ruby. Superripe dark berries, spice cake and chocolatey oak on the nose. Supple, ripe and rich, withflavors of dark berries, chocolate ... Read more

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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
09/23/2010

Full bright ruby. Superripe dark berries, spice cake and chocolatey oak on the nose. Supple, ripe and rich, withflavors of dark berries, chocolate and bacon fat complicated by an exotic dried fruit component. Finishes with a flavor of raw berries and... Stephen Tanzer's IWC. A Syrah wine from California in USA. 2002 Ojai Syrah Melville Vineyard 750ml


Winemaker's Notes:

2002 Ojai Syrah Melville-The cool climate in which these grapes grow, greatly influences the character of this wine. The emphasis is on spice rather than fruit. This wine is quite exotic and a bit animal-y in a very positive way. Possessing an old world aroma that is that is not overtly fruity, it immediately grabs you. It is fascinating. The fruit that shows itself is mostly reminiscent of cassis and perhaps a bit of sour plum. Tannic, yet juicy and alive: when a bottle is freshly opened, it seems almost coarse, but after 24 and then 48 hours the wine opens up and the tannins become sleek and silky--definitely a wine worth aging. The 2000 vintage was our first one with Melville vineyard and that wine is just coming together now.

2002 Ojai Syrah Melville-The cool climate in which these grapes grow, greatly influences the character of this wine. The emphasis is on spice rather than fruit. This wine is quite exotic and a bit animal-y in a very positive way. Possessing an old world aroma that is that is not overtly fruity, it immediately grabs you. It is fascinating. The fruit that shows itself is mostly reminiscent of cassis and perhaps a bit of sour plum. Tannic, yet juicy and alive: when a bottle is freshly opened, it seems almost coarse, but after 24 and then 48 hours the wine opens up and the tannins become sleek and silky--definitely a wine worth aging. The 2000 vintage was our first one with Melville vineyard and that wine is just coming together now.

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