Ballard Canyon Estate, 2013

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Sangiovese, the great grape of the Chianti region of Italy, grows exceptionally well on the hillside slopes of Santa Barbara County's Ballard Canyon vineyards. Our Rusack Sangiovese is a great example of a California-style version of this Italian gem.

Our 2013 Sangiovese is our last vintage of this alluring Italian style wine. Fruit forward and well balanced with aromas and flavors of black cherries, raspberries, and black tea. Enjoy this wine now for bright fruit flavors and ripe acidity, or cellar and enjoy years later for a softer, more elegant side to the Sangiovese.

This vintage is crafted from fruit grown in our estate vineyard. After the grapes were removed from their stems, they were cold-soaked and then fermented in small, open-top bins; the must was punched down by hand twice a day. 

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.

100% Rusack Estate

Bottle analysis:
Alcohol: 14.1%, pH: 3.54, ta: 0.548 g/100ml

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