93-96 points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

Maybe the best Thompson Vineyard Syrah to date, the 2014 Syrah Thompson Vineyard still has its savory, peppery and olive-scented bouquet, yet has an uncommon, massive core of fruit and texture that carries through the mid-palate and finish. Beautifully concentrated, full-bodied and decadent, with good acidity and notable tannin, enjoy this big, powerhouse Syrah on release and over the following decade. (08/15)


2014 Tensley Thompson Vineyard Syrah
93-96 points
96 points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

The blockbuster 1999 Syrah Thompson Vineyard boasts an opaque black/purple color as well as a bouquet that is the essence of smoky Syrah. Fried bacon intermixed with cassis, barbecue spice, and blackberry aromas are followed by an unctuously-textured, full-bodied, deep, sensationally pure, prodigious Syrah to drink now and over the next 12-15 years. (02/02)

1999 Ojai Thompson Vineyard Syrah
96 points
94 points Vinous – Antonio Galloni

The 2011 Syrah Thompson Vineyard is surprisingly tight and inward at this stage. Blue and black fruit, violets, lavender, spices and menthol emerge over time, but only with great reluctance. The intense tannins are going to need at least a year to settle down, but there is a lot to look forward to, not the least of which is the wine’s super-exotic personality. Drinking window: 2015 – 2022

2011 Jaffurs Thompson Vineyard Syrah
94 points
94 points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

The inky/blue/purple-tinged 2007 Syrah Thompson Vineyard (one of the oldest Syrah vineyards in Santa Barbara County) displays pure bouquet garni notes intermixed with creme de cassis, licorice, and pepper characteristics. Full-bodied, dense, and rich with silky tannins and abundant fruit and glycerin, this beauty should evolve easily for a decade or more. (08/09)


2007 Tensley Thompson Vineyard Syrah
94 points