By way of background, opening thoughts: Ojai Vineyard creates a range of boutique wines from the Santa Barbara County. Today we are sampling a well-aged syrah.
Original tasting and review : This is Ojai Vineyard Thompson Vineyard Syrah, Santa Barbara County, California, 2007, finished at 14.5% alcohol.
In the glass: Deep magenta and burgundy, opaque from a half-inch in.
On the nose: Poured at cool cellar temperature and swirled vigorously, shows deep, yet shy fragrant black plums. From the aroma, seems like this will be sweet but structured.
On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact full of deep, mellow, structured mouthfeel, bringing elements of cigar, black plums, dry black cherry, prunes and oak structure together.
In summary: Overall, its structure, power and depth bring four stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, showing value commensurate with its premium price point.
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