1997 Ojai "Bien Nacido" Santa Barbara County Syrah

SKU #340020

From Robert Parker: "The deep ruby/purple-colored 1997 Syrah Bien Nacido Vineyard offers a gorgeous nose of incense, spice, pepper, cedar, and black fruits. Silky-textured, lush, and forward, with outstanding richness, this is a beautiful wine to drink over the next decade." (02/00) and previously from a barrell sample, 91-93 points: "The 1997 Syrah Bien Nacido Vineyard is more intense in the mouth. It boasts an opaque purple color, and a knock-out nose of blackberries, cassis, cedar, minerals, and a hint of flowers. Full-bodied, accessible (because of low acidity), it exhibits copious quantities of fruit, glycerin, and extract, with no hard edges. A silky-styled, hedonistic Syrah, it should drink well young yet age for 10-15 years. Syrah is king a The Ojai Vineyards. Even though the 1997s were made from higher yields than the 1996s, they are among the most concentrated and finest wines I tasted from Santa Barbara. All the wines made at Ojai are naturally made products - no fining or filtration, barrel-fermentation, malolactic in barrel, aggressive lees stirring, virtually no racking until assembling for bottling, and no acid additions." (12/98)

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Santa Maria/Santa Barbara

- Santa Maria and Santa Ynez make up the two AVAs of Santa Barbara County, an area known for its natural beauty and temperate climate. The best grape-growing areas, however, are located on the very coastal reaches of these two appellations, and are cooled by ever-present fog and ocean breezes (it is even cooler and foggier here than Carneros!). As expected, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir thrive while the more inland zones lay claim to Bordeaux varietals and some Rhône blends.