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SAMSARA SYRAH, SANTA BARBARA COUNTY 2014
The 2014 Syrah Santa Barbara County, which saw 15% stems and a year on lees in neutral oak, offers terrific cool climate-like notes of peppery herbs, black olives, smoked meats and black fruits. Medium to full-bodied, rich, textured and nicely concentrated, this is a beauty that has real personality and character. Drink it over the coming 6-7 years or so.
A powerful, dense wine, the 2014 Syrah Santa Barbara County packs a serious punch. The flavors are dark, bold and super-expressive. Black cherry, plum, menthol, licorice and dark spices are some of the signatures. I especially like the wine's aromatic energy and overall vibrancy. The 2014 is a blend of fruit from Verna's and Kimsey done with 10% whole clusters and aged in 20% new oak. If this is the appellation wine, I can't wait to taste the vineyard designates.