2009 Ojai Santa Barbara County Syrah
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Ojai’s 2009 Syrah is fabulous. Dark plums, cherries, licorice and mint burst from the glass in this gorgeous, entry-level Syrah. The estate’s Syrah is a selection of barrels made in the cellar, and includes bits of all of the single vineyards in the Ojai stable. In 2009, Adam Tolmach used less new oak than normal for his single-vineyard Syrahs, consequently there is a little more new oak (around 10%) in this entry-level bottling. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2019.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
(includes a lot of Bien Nacido fruit): Bright purple. Intensely perfumed aromas of blueberry and blackberry preserves, violet and olive, with a spicy undertone. Large-scaled, sweet and penetrating, showing deep dark fruit character and a note of candied flowers. Lush yet vibrant syrah with very good finishing lift and chewy tannins.
Weaves together complex dried berry, nutmeg, dusty rock and peppery aromas, ending with a long, tapered finish. Drink now through 2020.
A great introduction to the style Adam Tolmach is trying to cultivate at Ojai Vineyards, the Santa Barbara Syrah is an incredible cooler climate Syrah for the price. Made from fruit sourced from some of the top vineyards in the county, this is a brighter, fresher style of Syrah, with a deftness and balance that will make you glad to have a bottle with Wednesday night's burgers or a big, family Sunday supper.