November’s 4th Friday was a big hit. There is no way I’ll be able to upload all the wines, nor give them the reviews they deserve, but there were a few worthy of mentioning!
New wine to me but right up my Syrah alley. Not as much funk driven as it is savory driven. Leaps from the glass with whole cluster aromatics of stems, sweet peppercorn spice, and very pure rhubarb tart. Light on the palate with added floral notes, smoked meat, iron and a finish of black pepper. Would like to try this again. Thanks @Arden Barnett — 3 days ago
Hailing from one of my favourite (sandy) sites in Santa Barbara County I was excited to try this wine. Mainly because I really want to find a wine that I hate made by Adam Tolmach. This wasn’t it. The guy is a pro and there’s no doubt that I’m jealous of him. This wine needed time to open in the glass. Caught at a slightly awkward stage I’d like to revisit this wine to witness the evolution with age. Wet dirt and dark berries are the way to my Syrah lovin’ heart. — 11 days ago
As a former member of the Ojai wine club (wanking motion), I’ve had a lot of their Syrah. This is by far the best I’ve had. So balanced. All of the familiar muted black pepper is there. Dry dark fruits and leather zest. Syrah can go a lot of different ways. Thankfully the homie Adam Tolmach is not known for game meats, either. Ain’t any boar on the floor to be had here. Basically this is the ideal final form of all things Ojai. — 5 days ago
Dense ruby red, highly extracted pigment. Cherry fruit leather note in nose. Abundant red fruit flavors, cherry dominant from initial pour with strawberry and raspberry. Not much tannin expression at first; coarse skin tannin astringency emerges ten minutes after opening, gradually softens thereafter. Slight seed tannin bitterness emerges after an hour alongside vanilla-mint and floral aromas and cola flavor. Fruit-forward but just ripe enough flavor expression. One of Castoro’s better efforts. Decant an hour. — 22 days ago