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1997 Jaffurs Thompson Vineyard Syrah

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May 7, 2023 - $30



92Stephen Tanzer

Superripe, deeply smoky aromas of black raspberry and bacon fat; primary fruit overwhelms the wine oakiness.

90Robert M. Parker Jr.

Dense, rich, and full-bodied, with gorgeously pure fruit, sweet tannin, and unobtrusive acidity, this large but elegant, deep ruby/purple-colored Syrah can be drunk now as well as over the next 10-12 years.


United States, California, South Coast, Santa Barbara County

Santa Barbara County is not an AVA, but a region just south of San Luis Obispo that includes the Santa Ynez Valley and Santa Maria Valley appellations. Wine has been produced in the area since the 18th century when Spanish missionaries planted vineyards. It wasn’t until the 1990s, however, that producers focused on growing premier grapes for fine wines. During the 1990s more than 10,000 acres of vineyards were planted, and today there are nearly 20,000 acres of vineyards. The region received a big bump in recognition and prestige when the popular film “Sideways” was shot there in 2004. Because the region is affected by maritime weather, it is relatively cool climate makes it ideal for Chardonnay. Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir and an increasingly adventuresome number of varietals are also grown successfully in Santa Barbara County.


Red Wine, Syrah (Shiraz)

This grape is grown in milder climates and produces a medium-to full-bodied wine. It is also known as Shiraz, but should not be confused with Petit Sirah, which was developed by crossing Syrah with Peloursin.