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2014 Ojai Syrah Duvarita Vineyard

Retail: $55.00


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Estimated Arrival: 11/04/2016

95+ Pts Antonio Galloni - Vinous


750 mL


Closure Type


Syrah / Shiraz








currant, blueberry, blackberry and strawberry


spice box, cedar and dark fruit


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Antonio Galloni - Vinous:

"The 2014 Syrah Duvarita Vineyard is a wine for readers who enjoy peppery, savory Syrahs. Game, smoke, cracked pepper, licorice and lavender literally jump from the glass. Bold and pungent to the core, the 2014 exudes richness and pure power. The firm, incisive tannins need time to soften, but this is another wine with a bright future. Readers should expect a virile, imposing Syrah. Fasten your seatbelt, the Duvarita is another total knockout from Adam Tolmach and Ojai. The 2014 has begun to shut down since I first tasted it about a month ago. It is best cellared for at least 2-3 years. "

Product Description:

"There's much about Duvarita Vineyard that is unconventional. Probably foremost is the farming, where biodynamic practices are employed. This method—basically a mystic's mash-up of organic farming, astrology, homeopathy, and Wiccan principles—produces fruit that is often compelling and highly expressive of terroir. We've found this true every year with our Presidio syrahs (the vineyard's former name), which come from grapes doted upon to the exacting standards of certified biodynamics. We're not sure whether to attribute credit to the unseen “elemental beings” that coax the grapes toward ripeness, or simply the fact that so much more time is spent paying attention in the vineyard when farming this way.

In any case, we have always been fascinated by the wines we've made from this vineyard, which—biodynamics aside—is odd in that it's a decidedly marginal location for syrah vines. Duvarita is way out near Lompoc, even further west than the already windy and chilly Sta. Rita Hills! It was planted in 2000, just as the boundaries of that venerable AVA were being established. At that time, it was considered a gamble whether grapes would ripen any closer to the coast, so neither Duvarita's nor Puerta Del Mar Vineyard’s locations were included in the Sta. Rita Hills appellation. Granted, it is a struggle to ripen syrah here. The gentle southerly slope provides some reprieve, but the fruiting zone of the trellising has to be low—partly to protect the vines from the relentless wind, and partly to capture some radiant heat and light from the poor sandy soil. We admire the throw-caution-to-the-wind spirit of plantings like Duvarita. We also find these marginal locations provide a more vivid and unique expression of vintage (when compared to warm-climate sites). That said, what's consistent with this wine is its voluminous intensity, which was not expected from such a cool climate spot. It showcases elegant power and savory depth coupled with high-toned acidity, and has all the bones to age well. We put our work with Presidio on hold between 2010 and 2012 as the vineyard transitioned into new ownership. But as of 2013 we commenced sourcing from this site once again, and bottled the wine under the new name, Duvarita Vineyard. The new owners are working on reestablishing biodynamic certification, a three-year process. Based on our fantastic 2013 Duvarita, we are excited to be producing this singular syrah again!" -Winery




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