27 Oct 95-96 Point Syrahs
We have a limited quantity of these gorgeous Syrahs from two of our favorite California estates in stock now! Syrah is one of those grapes that people tend to ignore in favor of the more popular Pinot Noir and Cabernet, but that’s a mistake. Its dark, smoky, fruit-forward character provides immense drinking pleasure.
2014 Melville Estate Syrah
I always love the two blockbuster Syrahs from this estate, both of which need to be sought out by readers. Tons of black olive, smoked and salted meats, as well as ripe dark fruits all emerge from the incredibly polished, elegant and layered 2014 Syrah Estate, which is just an off the hook value. Inky colored, layered, yet graceful and light on its feet, with gorgeous fruit, drink this beauty over the coming 4-5 years, although I wouldn’t be surprised to see it evolve for longer.
95 Points, The Wine Advocate
2014 Ojai Syrah Bien Nacido Vineyard
The 2013 Syrah Bien Nacido Vineyard is pure class. Rich, seamless and inviting, yet with vibrant beams of salinity and tannin beneath, the 2013 stands out because of its impeccable balance. Nothing is out of place. Cool-climate peppery, gamy notes add an attractive upper-register. Lavender, violets and inky blue/purplish fruit are infused into the layered, vivid finish. With time in the glass, the 2013 develops a super-appealing feel of vertical structure. The 2013 is very young. It is also very beautiful.
95 Points, Antonio Galloni
2013 Ojai Syrah Roll Ranch Vineyard
The 2013 Syrah Roll Ranch is a dark, heady wine. Truffle, smoke, lavender and blueberry jam give the 2013 much of its exotic personality. Super-ripe and racy in the glass, the 2013 tastes like it was picked on the later side. Even so, the Roll Ranch retains the very classic Ojai mid-weight sense of structure. This is one of the more exuberant, flamboyant wines in the Ojai range this year, but firm tannins extend the finish and give the wine a closing burst of energy.
96 Points, Antonio Galloni