2013 Ojai Santa Barbara County Syrah
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Adam's entry-level Syrah is the 2013 Syrah Santa Barbara County and it's a year in, year out sensational value. It's ruby/purple color is followed by textbook black and blue fruits, violets, salty minerality and cracked pepper-like aromatics. Medium to full-bodied, ripe, textured and seamless, with nicely integrated acidity and a full mid-palate ... (JD)
*One Star* Nicely defined, moderately fruity and showing enough mildly gamy, distantly peppery spice to stay within clear varietal lines, this one is slightly reined-in vis-à-vis ripeness yet hits the right Syrah marks. While very young and sporting enough late-arriving tannin to deserve a few years in the cellar, it is not so coarse as to warn off earlier drinking especially if roast leg of lamb is on the evening's menu.
Very dark purple. Light and fresh on the nose. Polished and dry on the end. Racy and leathery. Very appetising and not heavy or sweet.
Savory herbs leather, tobacco, smoke and cedar are all found in Ojai's Syrah 2013 Santa Barbara. Powerful and intense, especially for an appellation-level bottling, the 2013 shows the more savory side of Syrah, while the fruit lies a bit more in the background. A dollop (20%) of whole clusters adds aromatic nuance. The 2013 is a blend of fruit from Bien Nacido, Roll Ranch and White Hawk. (AG)
Tense and vibrant, with rich, earth-laced blackberry, dried herb and dusty rock pile elements that gain on the finish. Tannic, but not overly so. (Web-2015)