Syrah


Syrah
Ballard Canyon Estate, 2012

93 Huffington Post – May 2013
92 Antonio Galloni – July 2013
91 Wine Enthusiast – June 2013
90 The Wine Advocate – September 2013


$27.00

The grapes for our Ballard Canyon Estate Syrah release are from the vineyards around the winery, located in beautiful Ballard Canyon. Situated in the larger Santa Ynez Valley appellation, Ballard Canyon has its own nuances and micro-climates that make it a near-perfect place for Rhone grape varietals such as Syrah. This bottling contains classic Ballard Canyon aromas of cassis and blackberry, with hints of licorice. Concentrated flavors of dried cherries, blackberries and cocoa mix with velvety tannins that linger on the palate.

Brought directly to the winery in the early hours of the morning, the grapes were de-stemmed, fermented in small 1-ton bins, then punched down by hand numerous times each day to extract all the dark colors, spicy flavors and smooth tannins from the grape skins. The new wine was placed into a combination of French (96%) and American (4%) oak barrels, 19% of which were new. It was bottled unfiltered in February 2014 and released that spring. 1540 cases were produced.

Optimal Storage Conditions:
Constant temperature, 55-58°f, darkness.

Aging Potential:
To enjoy young fruit aromas, consume within 1-3 years of bottling date. For extended aging under ideal conditions, consume within 3-10 years of bottling date.

Vineyards:
Rusack Estate

Varietal:
Syrah 86%, Petite Sirah 14%

Bottle Analysis:
Alcohol: 14.2%, pH: 3.46, ta: 0.623 g/100ml

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Syrah
Ballard Canyon Estate Reserve, 2012

93 Connoisseurs’ Guide – July 2013
92 The Wine Advocate – September 2013
91 Stephen Tanzer’s IWC – November 2012
91 Antonio Galloni – July 2013


$36.00

This bottling vintage is abundant with aromas of boysenberry, blueberry and hints of cinnamon. Its dense fruit characteristics are complemented by complex flavors of anise, vanilla and dark chocolate.

Once the grapes were hand-harvested, they were immediately brought to the winery from the surrounding vineyard and de-stemmed. An initial cold soak occurred in one-ton open-top bins prior to the onset of fermentation. Moved to a combination of French (83%) and American (17%) oak barrels, 78% of which were new, the wine aged for 16 months. It was bottled without filtration in February, 2014 350 cases were produced.

Optimal Storage Conditions:
Constant temperature, 55-58°f, darkness.

Aging Potential:
To enjoy young fruit aromas, consume within 1-3 years of bottling date. For extended aging under ideal conditions, consume within 3-10 years of bottling date.

Vineyards:
100% Rusack Estate

Varietal:
100% Syrah

Bottle Analysis:
Alcohol: 14.2%, pH: 3.48, ta: 0.611 g/100ml

download technical notes (pdf)

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