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Community Tasting Notes (39) Avg Score: 91.1 points

  • At age 13 and a half, still going quite strong, and a very nice drink. A bit of tannin remains, along with a good acid spine. Right now, the wine seems like it's quite well balanced, so given the amount of fruit that remains, and the vivid structure, I'd drink my remainders - if I had any - in the near future. Alas, I don't!

    The nose is reticent, the mouth is good, and the length is fine. Those things might have warranted a few more points.

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  • Chocolate fruit. Mellow tannins. Surprisingly little heat a nice long smooth finish. Beautiful.

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  • Color: dark, nearly opaque ruby core -> dark ruby rim; very youthful appearance given the 13 year age. Mature Cali-Syrah bouquet of dusty spice, menthol, blueberries, raisins and plums. Palate showing eucalyptus, anisette, dark chocolate, and a little earth. Good acidity with nice concentrated (menthol-ly) body and a moderately long finish, this was nice but (like other mature Cali Syrahs) not particularly complex. Less flavor development than the '04 Cayuse En Cerise served alongside it with a roasted lamb dinner; younger and more reticent (even with the same 60-90 minute decant) and taciturn. I must admit that this was certainly less funky than the Cayuse but, unfortunately, less compelling overall. I don't usually purchase much Ojai these days and I think the lack of overall flavor/bouquet development is probably why.

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  • Some Syrahs on a Saturday afternoon (Loretta Paganini School fo Cooking): Another wine that was tight as a nun's knees (if you will forgive the expression). Purple in color. I let this sit in a glass for over an hour and eventually it opened up. The nose has grilled meats and herbs, with black raspberries. Unctuous texture. Nice acidity. This has a decade in it at least. Great fruit but took a long time to come out to play.

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  • Good Ojai Syrah. Not getting any better or more special with age, but not near decline either. Maybe a little mellower, but nice easy drinking. Enjoy anytime.

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  • By Stephen Tanzer
    July/August 2005, IWC Issue #121, (See more on Vinous...)

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