…no spot is more synonymous with Jaffurs syrah, and therefore Santa Barbara County syrah, than Thompson Vineyard. “It is a remarkably consistent, bullet proof vineyard that produces tannic, pure syrah,” Jaffurs asserts. “By bullet proof, I mean that no matter what happens from a farming or weather perspective, the fruit is always great”

The syrahs from Thompson always seem perfectly balanced… “Interestingly, while Thompson Vineyard syrah is not our darkest wine, it has revealed itself to have bigger tannins that the others,” Jaffurs admits. “It is unique in this tobacco/cherry quality and surprises folks who equate blackness with power.”

That prized vineyard also provides the grape for one of Jaffurs’ pet projects — a brilliant, teeth-staining petite sirah. “My wife, Lee, calls it ‘Manifest Destiny in a Bottle’.”  Jaffurs again praises the site for this wondrous grape, claiming, “Without the Thompson fruit, we would not have a petit sirah program.

Making Syrah in Santa Barbara
KCET - Oct 28, 2014