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Ojai Vineyard Syrah Santa Barbara County 2010

Member Review by EMark:

Opaque more-reddish-than-purplish color. A not-overpowering nose that suggests red fruit but also has a rustic hint—almost barnyard odors. Quite mild on introduction to the palate. Some red fruit flavors—plum--do pop up, but not “in your face.” Slightest hint of spiciness, and, maybe, some smokiness. (I wonder if that’s the bacon that some see in Syrahs?). Light tartness on the back of the palate, and, interestingly, almost insignificant tannin. Everything I have previously written for this review should be viewed by the reader as positive, but possibly the best feature of this wine might be a very nice, long aftertaste.

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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

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Snooth User: EMark
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3.50 5
02/04/2015

Opaque more-reddish-than-purplish color. A not-overpowering nose that suggests red fruit but also has a rustic hint—almost barnyard odors. Quite mild on introduction to the palate. Some red fruit flavors—plum--do pop up, but not “in your face.” Slightest hint of spiciness, and, maybe, some smokiness. (I wonder if that’s the bacon that some see in Syrahs?). Light tartness on the back of the palate, and, interestingly, almost insignificant tannin. Everything I have previously written for this review should be viewed by the reader as positive, but possibly the best feature of this wine might be a very nice, long aftertaste.



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818 Cases produced.

Aged 17 months in French Oak.

Wine Specs:

Alcohol: 13.5%

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