Ojai Syrah "Roll Ranch" 2017 (Ventura County, California) - [AG 94] [JD 93]

Ojai Syrah "Roll Ranch" 2017
(Ventura County, California) - [AG 94] [JD 93]


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Notes from the Winemaker:
This Syrah is an exaltation of dark fruits—black cherries, blueberry, dark fleshed plum—with brighter beams of apricots and blood orange pushing through the ink. Though the fruit here shows characteristic Roll Ranch exuberance, there’s also a lot of earthy intrigue for a warm climate site.

Ventura County (Upper Ojai):
This Roll Ranch Syrah was harvested a few days before 2017’s Labor Day heatwave, on August 28th. 2017 was thought of warm year (largely because of that heatwave) but overall the vintage showed a cool bias. In the weeks leading up to harvest, our high temperatures in Ojai were clustered in the mid-80s with sunny and breezy onshore weather dominating. That mild finish for this Syrah allowed the vines to bring us deep into the lavish, dark spectrum of fruit that we know well from Roll Ranch.

Coming off the more transparent 2016, this Syrah is an exaltation of dark fruits—black cherries, blueberry, dark fleshed plum—with brighter beams of apricots and blood orange pushing through the ink. Though the fruit here shows characteristic Roll Ranch exuberance, there’s also a lot of earthy intrigue for a warm climate site. Fragrances of mocha and crushed asphalt show, so do fresh violets, and the heavily whole-cluster fermentation lends herbal tones of sage and roasted thyme.

Each year we’re more affirmed in our method of fermenting this wine with most of the fruit left on its stems. It’s still a big fleshy Syrah with copious tannins, yet they’re fine and spicy tannins, and the stems complicate the opulent core of fruit. We suggest aging this 2017 a few years or pairing with fatty meat dishes (it’s terrific with carnitas or a chimichurri ribeye).

Ratings & Reviews



94 Points - Vinous:
"The 2017 Syrah Roll Ranch is the most complete of the four 2017 Syrahs I tasted. The deeply-pitched aromatics are immediately captivating. There's plenty of depth to match, too. Dark red cherry fruit, cedar, leather, tobacco, menthol and dried flower all meld together in a Syrah that has it all: perfume, fruit and structure to burn. The 75-85% whole clusters (the most of the Ojai Syrahs) work beautifully here, as does a dollop of Viognier. This is such a classy wine. " Antonio Galloni - (Aug 2020)

93 Points - Jeb Dunnuck:
"Based on Syrah blended with a splash of Viognier, the 2017 Syrah Roll Ranch Vineyard has more red and blue fruits as well as some stemmy, violet, and peppery nuances, medium body, a terrific sense of elegance and purity, light tannins, and a great finish. It's another elegant, layered, just straight-up pretty wine from this estate that's a joy to drink. It's going to evolve for 10-15 years with no issues." - Jeb Dunnuck (8/4/2020)