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2016 Syrah, Santa Barbara County
SANTA BARBARA COUNTY
The 2016 Santa Barbara County Syrah combines fruit from the four Syrah vineyards we work with. After blending trials, Petite Sirah, Mourvèdre and Grenache were added for structure, aromatics and complexity. More than a sum of its parts, it is dark and rich. Exhibiting cherry, wild berry and violet aromatics, this wine is full and fruitful in the mouth, with underlying espresso and pepper flavors. Sharing the same farming and winemaking techniques as our vineyard designated wines, this Syrah can be enjoyed upon release or cellared for several years.
Leading off the Syrahs is the 2016 Syrah Santa Barbara County, a blend of 81% Syrah, 9% Petite Sirah, 5% Grenache, and the rest Mourvèdre, sourced from the Thompson, Larner, Kimsey and Bien Nacido vineyards. This cuvée is year in, year out a great value, and in 2016 it has loads of ripe berry fruits, peppery herbs, violets, and hints of bacon fat. Medium-bodied, soft and forward, it's a delicious Syrah that's well worth a case purchase. Maturity 2018-2024. — Jeb Dunnuck
Refined and well-built, with heady blackberry, bacon fat and bitter chocolate flavors that take on richness toward polished tannins. Drink now through 2024. 1,200 cases made. — Tim Fish
Always one of the better priced red wines to come out of Santa Barbara each year, this vintage shows freshly pressed boysenberry, lilac, flowering rosemary and white pepper on the nose. Lively, energetic flavors of grape Jolly Rancher meet with pepper and herbs on the fresh palate. — Matt Kettmann
The 2016 Syrah is a terrific introduction to the Jaffurs wines. Dark cherry, plum, new leather, licorice, smoke and incense are all laced together in this attractive mid-weight wine. Pliant, open-knit and seductive, the 2016 has a lot to offer. A dollop (10%) of whole clusters adds gorgeous aromatics. Drink 2018-2024. — Antonio Galloni
2015 Syrah, Santa Barbara County
Boysenberry compote, wet asphalt, black peppercorns and dried thyme make for a classic and compelling nose on this countywide blend. Rustic sagebrush and wild thyme flavors show on the sip, set against dark red plums and a gravelly minerality.
A blend of 81% Syrah, 9% Petite Sirah, 5% Grenache and 5% Mourvèdre, the competitively priced 2015 Syrah from Jaffurs offers up notes of crunchy cassis, black cherry, cracked pepper and violets. On the palate, it's medium-bodied, supple and juicy, amply endowed with an abundance of crunchy Syrah fruit. Displaying good mid-palate depth, this is ripe enough to be friendly but remains balanced, avoiding any excess. Drink 2016-2026.
A wine that's completely destemmed and brought up all in neutral oak, the 2015 Syrah Santa Barbara County has lots of blue fruit, peppery herbs and hints of scorched earth to go with a juicy, fresh, lively style on the palate. Nicely balanced, enjoyable and fresh, it's a terrific value, as always. Hats off to this estate for consistently releases a great base Syrah at a good price. The blend of the 2015 is 77% Syrah, 9% Grenache, 9% Petite Sirah and the rest Mourvèdre.
2014 Syrah, Santa Barbara County
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.
This under-$30 wine is perfect for either a weeknight dinner or special event. Round blackberry and black currant fruit pairs with fresh floral and forest floor notes on the nose. Dried black fruit shows on the palate, where concentrated coffee, dill, tar and crushed slate flavors cut through plum skin tang.
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 2016-2021.