Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Jaffurs Syrah "Thompson Vineyard" 2003 wine review by (PB)

I had the pleasure of visiting the Jaffurs winery out in Santa Barbara a couple years ago. Unfortunately, Craig Jaffurs was on a trip to Europe but his folks were gracious and accommodating to show me around their modest, "warehouse" winery. The facilities were unimpressive to be sure; the staff and the wine is just the opposite!

This wine which (NW) brought up with him on a recent visit, is an opaquish garnet, cranberry hue with a big rich ripe jammy bouquet of dark berries and and dark fudge under layer and mint(?) or licorice emerging.

Palate--on first taste this is rather "hot", bold and tightly wound. It needs more time on the shelf and more time to breathe.

With a little airtime, it is full of berries and cocoa and relaxes quite a bit but still is quite young. Just for kicks we tasted this blind next to a Norman (Aussie) Limestone Coast Shiraz 2006. The Jaffurs' wine's bouquet was superior by far. I believe this wine runs around $35. give it another year at least but raise a glass to be sure!
(Label shown is for Petite Syrah but they are the same except for the grape)

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