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Ojai, John Sebastiano Syrah 2016
Sta. Rita Hills
Savoury, fruity and graceful, this Syrah is always laced with exotic fragrances: incense, coffee, peppery spices. This 2016 bottling has all that swirling around dark stone-fruits with subtle mocha and tobacco. It finishes with great nuance and a suave, elegant texture.
The vines for this Syrah are planted in vineyards with chalky soils. Tight row spacing and high canopies keep the clusters in a mottled kind of light. The must is vinified in open top fermenters with 25 percent whole clusters, after which the wine is aged for 17 months in neutral French oak.
Ojai's promise is to create California wines with a European sense of finesse. The wines they make today are a culmination of four decades pursuing excellence with the fruit grown in their region, the Central Coast of California. Ojai pursues their vision of making natural wines that speak of the place that they were grown, taking risks to produce wines where, as much as possible, nothing is added and nothing taken away.