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2020 Syrah, Santa Barbara County, 375 mL
SANTA BARBARA COUNTY
2020 not yet reviewed.
2019 Syrah, Santa Barbara County
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
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
Vinous 92 Points ~ The 2017 Syrah (Santa Barbara County) is another gorgeous appellation-level wine from Jaffurs. Inky red/purplish berry fruit, black pepper, mint, lavender and licorice add aromatic nuance, but more than anything else, the 2017 is incredibly layered and detailed within its peer group. A dollop (8%) Grenache works well in rounding out the wine's balance. Drink 2020-2027. — Antonio Galloni
Jeb Dunnuck 92 Points ~ Always a great value, the 2017 Syrah Santa Barbara County checks in as a blend of 92% Syrah and 8% Grenache that was mostly destemmed and brought up all in neutral oak. A beautiful, cool-climate nose of blackberries, crushed violets, ground pepper, and hints of bouquet garni all flow to a medium-bodied Syrah that has bright acidity, a balanced, layered texture, and a great finish. This is far from the riper blockbusters of a decade ago and shines for its purity, elegant, and finesse. It's a beautiful wine as well as a great value. — Jeb Dunnuck
Wine Advocate 90 Points ~ The 2017 Syrah, which contains 8% Grenache, has a medium to deep ruby-purple color and nose of olive, cocoa powder, baked blueberries and black cherries, blackberry pie and a roasted coffee note. The palate is full-bodied with loads of baked black and blue fruits, with firm, chewy tannins and good freshness, finishing long and chocolaty. Drink date: 2020-2030. — Erin Brooks