96 points and three stars from The Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine: "A perennial CGCW favorite when it comes to top-flight Syrah, Ojai Vineyard grabs the gold ring once again in 2005. The latest Roll Ranch bottling is a dense, compellingly fruited effort whose classic mix of blackberries, dark earth, white pepper, sweet oak and game tags it as this Issue's most exciting. It is at once both supple and sturdy with lots of heft on the palate, and, while its ample tannins are impossible to miss, they never threaten its keen, long-lasting fruit. As plain as the wine's many virtues may be, this is not one for drinking anytime soon, and those who are able to store a few bottles in the cellar will certainly want to exercise at least five years of patience." (Nov. 2009) 91 points from Robert Parker: "Always one of Ojai’s softer, more opulent efforts, the dark ruby/purple-tinged 2005 Syrah Roll Ranch reveals sweet notes of mocha, licorice, blackberries, and cassis. It does not possess the definition and delineation of its siblings, but it offers excellent to outstanding depth, a beautiful, round texture, and plenty of fruit and opulence. Enjoy it over the next 7-8 years." (Aug. 2009) 90 points Wine Enthusiast: "Despite the California appellation, the grapes were grown in the Ojai region of Santa Barbara County. It’s a dry, tannic wine whose ripe blackberry, mocha and oak flavors are balanced with rich earthiness. Could develop bottle complexity over the next six years." (3/1/09)
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