Stats: Syrah grapes sourced from White Hawk Vineyard in Santa Barbara County. 14.5% alcohol by volume. Retails for $47, purchased for $26.99 at the Woodland Hills Wine Company. 93 points Wine Enthusiast, 92 points Robert Parker, 92 points Wine Spectator, and 91 points Josh Reynolds (IWC).
Tasting Notes: Dark, elegant, muscular and dense. A bouquet of blackberry, minerals and jalapeño aromas tingle the nose, while blackberry, dark chocolate and black pepper coax the mid-palate, finishing with a lingering dark fruit finish. It starts with a bang and ends with an elegant boom.
The Ojai Vineyard 2004 White Hawk Syrah strikes me as a wine that required very little coaxing in the barrel or bottle. It seems to have developed its own split personality - monstrous and well-balanced. Don't get me wrong; this is not a big, bold tannin bomb of a wine. As far as I'm concerned, this wine offers an abundance of elegance, depth and balance, while leaving a statement. Don't worry; I bought a second bottle of the Ojai Vineyard 2004 White Hawk Syrah.
P.O. Box 952, Oak View, CA 93022
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