Ojai Vineyard Syrah Santa Barbara County 2005

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possesses spirit-y, peppery northern Rhone characteristics

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The Ojai Vineyard:
The Ojai Vineyard, owned by Adam & Helen Tolmach, works closely with a dozen different vineyards on the Central Coast of California and produces wines from syrah, grenache, mourvedre, pinot noir, chardonnay, sauvignon blanc and viognier. About 6000 cases are produced each year, divided between 15 bottlings, most of which are vineyard designated wines. The key to producing special wine is in ... Read more
The Ojai Vineyard, owned by Adam & Helen Tolmach, works closely with a dozen different vineyards on the Central Coast of California and produces wines from syrah, grenache, mourvedre, pinot noir, chardonnay, sauvignon blanc and viognier. About 6000 cases are produced each year, divided between 15 bottlings, most of which are vineyard designated wines. The key to producing special wine is in the care taken growing the grapes. There is an inverse relationship between quantity and quality when it comes to grapes, so rather than purchasing ours by the ton, we have long term agreements with our growers to buy the fruit by the acre. This lets us culture the vines and thin the crop to our strict specifications, yet allows the grower to receive a fair return. In the winery we like to watch the development of the wine carefully, yet prefer to do as little as possible. Experience has shown us that the least amount of moving, pumping, fining and filtering is always best. The ultimate objective is to show off the distinctive character of a vineyard site. Read less

Member Reviews for Ojai Vineyard Syrah Santa Barbara County

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Snooth User: Nicki Gig
1783064,202
3.50 5
10/16/2009

enveloped with blackberries, plums, jams, and baked spices. powerful and hot.


Snooth User: RPerro
163565440
4.00 5
04/11/2009

Wow, what a FUNKY nose! This smells awful, like serious barnyard and poop, but the taste is actually very good. Dark berry fruit, pepper and smoked meat flavors. Nice acidity and tannins. Hard to get past the funk on the nose though. My girlfriend was actually drinking it whilst holding her nose...Day 2: What a difference! The poopy nose is gone, replaced with lovely blackberry fruit, vanilla, and earth. Flavors are the same...lots of pepper, blackberry and smoked meat, and just delicious! Without the funkified nose, this is a 90+ pointer. This sat in my decanter for over an hour, and didn't lose the funky nose, then sat for 24 under vacu-seal. Interesting transformation, and one of the reasons I find wine so facinating! Bumping the score up a point, for the un-funked nose.


Snooth User: windblocker
135079319
4.00 5
11/10/2009

Four glasses



possesses spirit-y, peppery northern Rhone characteristics

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