Syrah, Ojai Vineyards, Block Z
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Wine Specs
Pinot Noir
Santa Barbara, Bien Nacido Vineyards
Vineyard Designation
Bien Nacido Vineyards
Aged 20 months in French Oak, 28% new

Syrah, Ojai Vineyards, Block Z

Vinous 95pts/Jeb Dunnuck 93+ pts
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2019 was another cool vintage with a long, leisurely growing season—much like 2018—the perfect kind of year to harness the complex earthy perfume of Syrah. What’s surprising is that despite so much similarity between the 2018 and 2019 vintages, you find utterly different textures between the two wines. The ’18 is dense and brooding with brawny tannins. This 2019 bottling is also densely flavored, yet in a more friendly and elegant way.

You can see its intensity in the glass, where you find a striking depth of black crimson with purple edges. That purpleness extends to the aromas, where there are big wafts of violets and lavender, along with spices, dark berries, and savory scents of peppery grilled beef. Upfront the palate is deliciously rich and glossy with a subtle frame of French oak. There’s lots of spicy and deeply hued stone-fruits that mingle with leather and dried herbs. Then it glides into a sleek, lively finish with a very fine peppery resonance. It’s not a Bien Nacido Syrah that screams “Age me!” It will age as well as ever, we’re sure, but out of the gate it is open and delicious.

Wine Profile
Production Notes
Fermented 16% whole cluster fermentation, pumped over

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