Ballard Canyon Estate Reserve, 2014
92 Wine Enthusiast - February 2016
91 Wine Spectator - 2016
91 Antonio Galloni, Vinous - August 2015
This Reserve blend is created from a selection of barrels that represent the bolder style of Syrah. Abundant with aromas of boysenberry, blueberry, and hints of cinnamon, its dense fruit characteristics are complimented by complex flavors of anise, vanilla and dark chocolate.
The grapes for our Ballard Canyon Estate Reserve Syrah release are from the estate vineyards around the winery, located in the stunning Ballard Canyon AVA. Picked at dawn and brought directly to the winery in those early hours, the grapes were de-stemmed, fermented in small 1-ton bins, then punched down by hand numerous times each day to extract dark colors, spicy flavors and smooth tannins from the skins. The new wine was placed into French oak barrels, 67% of which were new.
Optimal Storage Conditions:
Constant temperature, 55-58°f, darkness.
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
Alcohol: 14.2%, pH: 3.57, ta: 0.635 g/100ml