Ojai Vineyard John Sebastiano Syrah 2014
Well-knit and balanced by a lively beam of tannins and acidity, this offers notes of raspberry, dried herb, cured meat and stony mineral. Drink now through 2027. 405 cases made.
VinousThe 2014 Syrah John Sebastiano Vineyard is deep, powerful and intense from start to finish. A vertical, structured Syrah, the 2014 exudes depth and the pedigree that is such a signature of this site. Black cherry, blackberry jam, mocha, cloves, menthol and licorice saturate the inky finish. The 2014 was done with a third whole clusters. The 2014 is an absolutely compelling wine, but it is also raw, unfully formed and in need of cellaring.
Wine EnthusiastStewed raspberries, rosewater, a pinch of dried marjoram and a chipped-slate earthy quality show on the nose of this 50-50 blend of Syrah and Grenache from a vineyard on the eastern edge of the Sta. Rita Hills. The palate blends dark red fruit with chalky, dusty tones, exhibiting plum-skin tartness, mulberry richness, chalky tannins and pepper spice.
Wine AdvocateComing from a terrific site and vines planted just outside of the Sta. Rita Hills AVA (the Pinot Noir in this site is part of the Sta. Rita Hills AVA), the 2014 Syrah John Sebastiano Vineyard was mostly destemmed and spent 15 months in 10-15% new French oak. Reminding me of a St. Joseph from France's Rhone valley, it offers loads of red and black fruits, violets, pepper and salted meat in a medium-bodied, fresh and lively style that's already hard to resist.