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2009 Chardonnay, Reserve, Santa Maria Valley
Wonderful aromas of mineral and sliced apples with hints of oyster shell. Full body, with bright acidity and a solid finish. Savory and briney. So much there. Drink now or later. Excellent value. 93 points
2009 Syrah Santa Barbara County Ballard Canyon Estate
Loads of dark fruits in this with a Welches grape juice and blackberries on the nose. The palate is full and soft with pretty tannins. Hints of dark chocolate, cedar and berries. Drink now. Score 90
2009 Syrah Santa Barbara County Ballard Canyon Estate Reserve
This is gorgeous with crushed blackberries and blueberries with licorice on the nose. It's full-bodied, with soft and silky tannins. Character of cedar, dried spices such as nutmeg, and a long fruity finish. Subtle and refined. Drink now. Score 93