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Ojai Roll Ranch Syrah 1997

Syrah/Shiraz from Central Coast, California
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    Winemaker Notes

    The 1997 Roll Ranch Syrah benefited noticably, displaying round silky tannins. But beyond our latest wine-making refinements, the syrah from this spot has some very distinct qualities. Every year it displays a very southern Rhone character of pit fruits (apricot and plum), and it has a warmth and stony quality that reminds me of Chateauneuf-du-Pape. This is a very complete and satisfying wine, and of all our syrahs from 1997, I think it has the best balance to age gracefully for many years. To date, my favorite wine that I have made from syrah, has been perhaps our 1995 Roll, but this one may turn out even better!

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    Ojai
    Ojai, Central Coast, California
    1997 Roll Ranch Syrah
    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.

    CALORRV_1997 Item# 26935

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