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, 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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