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2019 Syrah, Santa Barbara County
SANTA BARBARA COUNTY
The 2019 Santa Barbara County Syrah combines fruit from the four sites that we source our vineyard designate bottlings. After blending trials, a small amount of Petite Sirah and Grenache are added for complexity and aromatic lift. Showing red and blue fruits, crushed pepper, and mocha, this medium-bodied wine was mostly de-stemmed and aged in neutral oak for 10 months. A Syrah that is immediately appealing in its youth but can be cellared for several years.
Wine Enthusiast 93 Points Editors' Choice ~ This appellation blend always holds its own against the winery's single-vineyard expressions. Elegantly rich while fresh on the nose with blackberry sauce, lilac and savory pepper spice, it leads into a polished palate of smooth but firm tannins that frame the baked boysenberry, cardamom, mace and clove flavors. — Matt Kettmann
Jeb Dunnuck 90 Points ~ The 2019 Syrah (there's 8% Petite Sirah and 2% Grenache in the blend) is a perennial winner, and the 2019 doesn't disappoint. Offering a deep ruby/purple hue as well as classic Syrah notes of darker berry fruits, ground pepper, game, and violets, it's medium-bodied and has a juicy, elegant, lively texture, ripe tannins, and a good finish. It's more streamlined, elegant, and focused than usual, yet should keep for 5-7 years with no issues. Maturity: 2021-2028. — Jeb Dunnuck
2018 Syrah, Santa Barbara County
Jeb Dunnuck 92 Points ~ The 2018 Syrah Santa Barbara County reveals a dense purple color as well as impressive notes of blackberries, peppery herbs, smoked game, and spring flowers. Tasting like a great Saint-Joseph (or Cornas?), it's medium-bodied and has juicy acidity, terrific balance, and a great finish. — Jeb Dunnuck
Vinous 93 Points ~ The 2018 Syrah (Santa Barbara County) is superb. Rich, deep and fleshy, this striking, absolutely delicious Syrah has so much to offer. Blueberry, violet, lavender, chocolate, spice, licorice and black pepper capture the essence of cool-climate Syrah. The 2018 is an irresistible appellation-level wine that punches well above its weight. What a knock-out! Drinking window 2020-2030. — Antonio Galloni.
2017 Syrah, Santa Barbara County
2016 Syrah, Santa Barbara County
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