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Date Printed: 7/29/2016
Ojai Melville Syrah 2007
Ojai Melville Syrah 2007
(search item no. 127958)
collectible wine

Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 94 points
International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 7/29/2016: $44.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points

Winemaker's Notes:

At Melville climate trumps all, the weather is so cool the vines struggle to ripen their fruit before November. The 2007 offers a generous aroma of pepper and spice; it's an absolutely intoxicating fragrance. All of the Melville syrahs have had serious tannins, but we were finally able to get them under control this year by making changes in how the wine is fermented, so this one has a suppleness that makes it quite beguiling to drink today.
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About Ojai:

Adam Tolmach went to UC Davis and studied viticulture and enology, and after graduating in 1976 he settled down on the property his grandfather bought in the Ojai Valley in 1933 to farm sweet corn and melons, selling them at a roadside stand. After two years of this satisfying, yet difficult and nearly profitless work he sought employment in his field of study.
Adam had planted a vineyard in Ojai to Syrah and Sauvignon Blanc and had begun producing wine from that fruit in 1983. When the collaboration with Clendenen ended he concentrated all his attention on The Ojai Vineyard to further explore the infinite details of his craft.
Looking back over the last 25 years, one can see the development of The Ojai Vineyard came in three distinct phases. In the beginning it was lots of fun discovering the budding Santa Barbara County, experimenting with new plantings, new areas, and a wide selection of varietals; Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Syrah, and other Rhone varietals. Back in 1983 the vines were grown without much care in what was called a California sprawl. It took years to get growers to move towards progressive practices like drip irrigation and vertical trellising to improved wine grape quality.