2013 Syrah, Santa Barbara County, 375 ml
SANTA BARBARA COUNTY
The 2013 Santa Barbara County Syrah combines fruit from five of the Syrah vineyards we work with (Bien Nacido, Thompson, Larner, Stolpman, and Kimsey). After blending trials, 10% Petite Sirah, and 5% Grenache were added for structure, aromatics and complexity.
Wine Advocate 92 Points
Another great vintage for this cuvee, which is no shock coming from this terrific estate, the 2014 Syrah from Santa Barbara County offers fabulous blackberry, crushed rock and peppery aromas and flavors in a full-bodied, ripe, sexy and textured package. It has terrific purity and a great finish, and should drink nicely for at least 4-5 years, probably longer. Note, the 2014 includes 10% Petite Sirah and spent nine months in neutral oak. Buy a case. Drink 2015-2020 — J.D.
Vinous 91 Points
A delicious appellation-level wine, the 2014 Syrah (Santa Barbara County) is a great introduction to the Jaffurs wines. Dark red cherry and plum fruit make a strong first impression. Drink this flavorful, juicy Syrah over the next handful of years. This is a flat-out delicious bottle of wine. Vineyard sources are Larner, Stolpman, Bien Nacido, Thompson and Kimsey. — A.G.