Friday, July 6, 2007

Rating: ***+ 2003 Ojai Vineyard Verna Syrah, Santa Barbara, County, CA

Review: We sampled a glass of this Ojai syrah with dinner at Wine Cask Restaurant during a recent visit to Santa Barbara. In the glass it was opaque black in the middle, turning just visibly purple at the rim. Aromas were intriguing to say the least - a funky wet-feet plus blood - pleasant but extremely unusual. On the palate, this provided a sweet, extracted dark cherry flavor in a full, rich base. Tannins were easy, but powerful enough to yield a nice overall finish. Three stars because I'd come back to this wine again; with a plus added because of its intrigue.

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