2014 Ojai Santa Barbara County Syrah
The 2014 Syrah (Santa Barbara County) is a superb appellation-level wine from Oaji. Black pepper, lavender, menthol, licorice, cloves and sage abound in a deep, fleshy wine bursting at the seams with character and personality. Expressive blue and purplish-hued fruits and grippy tannins leave a lasting impression. (AG)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Possessing lots of cool climate characteristics in its peppery, blackberry, violets and mineral-laced aromas and flavors, the 2014 Syrah Santa Barbara is fresh, elegant and medium-bodied on the palate, with nicely integrated acidity and fine tannin. It's a classy, easy drinking Syrah that has real character. I always love my visits with Ojai’s Adam Tolmack and Fabien Castel, and it's always an educational and enlightening tasting as I'm able to taste through a multitude of different sites spread throughout Santa Barbara County. In addition, the Special Bottling releases based on different harvesting dates add even another variable into the equation. While I certainly believe they’ve pushed too far into the early harvesting movement, with an overriding focus on freshness and acidity, the wines nevertheless always possess interesting, balanced profiles and are a joy to drink. (JD)
This entry-level Syrah is blended from 53% Sebastiano Syrah, 22% Roll Ranch Syrah, 6% White Hawk Syrah, 5% Bien Nacido Syrah, and 14% Sebastiano Grenache. The wine was fermented in small open topped fermenters using 25% whole clusters and was pressed off into mostly older French oak barrels for 12 months of aging.