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Harrison Clark Syrah Cuvée Charlotte Ballard Canyon 2010

Editorial Review by Gregory Dal Piaz:

Wow nose with simply huge aromatics of dry dusty soil, blackberries, raspberries and a lovely framing note of baking spice. This lacks some of the savory notes I’m looking for but is a big and a bit chewy mouthful of Syrah with gorgeous happy fruit. I’d like to see this in another year. 93pts

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Harrison Clarke Winery:
The great Syrah areas are still being discovered, the future for great Syrah is in the Santa Ynez Valley. Rhone style wines raised from Harrison Clarke Vineyards will be its contribution to wine growing in the Santa Ynez Valley.

Editorial Reviews for Harrison Clark Syrah Cuvée Charlotte Ballard Canyon

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065238,748
4.50 5
09/12/2013

Wow nose with simply huge aromatics of dry dusty soil, blackberries, raspberries and a lovely framing note of baking spice. This lacks some of the savory notes I’m looking for but is a big and a bit chewy mouthful of Syrah with gorgeous happy fruit. I’d like to see this in another year. 93pts


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065238,748
4.50 5
09/24/2014

Planted in 1999. 12 acres, planted to Syrah, grenache, and Mourvedre. First harvest of mourvedre this year. Northern end of the appellation at an altitude of 1000 feet. Comes from the ridges in the vineyards with shallowest soils and most limestone influence. All spontaneous fermentation. Limestone gives great ripeness, helps hold the acidity, breezy late in the afternoon helps keep things cool after days that may reach the high nineties, overnight down to the fifties. Effusive and bright on the floral nose rich with violets and roses and great detail coming from the gentle wood framing notes, blackberry and plummy fruit, and base of mineral and black pepper notes. Polished in the mouth with some early chocolatey notes but showing superb balance with a lovely early note of herbal spice followed by almost creamy black fruit, black berries and black spice flavors with a nice pop of boysenberry on the backend before this transitions to a spicy, slightly hot finish. Milk chocolate and hints of grilled meats add further complexity on the palate, and this shows great cut with pinpoint tannins driving the long finish.93pts


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065238,748
4.50 5
Vintage: 2009 09/12/2013

Mean and assertive on the nose with layers of black pepper, grilled meats, roasted herbs, soil and mineral notes. In the mouth this is tight, rich and powerful but not weighty with juicy acids and really fine grained tannins supporting savory framed dark berry and plum fruit framed with spicy black pepper and herbs on the backend leading to a moderately long, tangy slightly jammy blackberry rich finish. With fine mineral cut on the midpalate, a lovely inner mouth perfume of violets, and salted plum fruit on the finale this is an engaging wine. 92pts


Member Reviews for Harrison Clark Syrah Cuvée Charlotte Ballard Canyon

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Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065238,748
4.70 5
09/12/2013

Four and a half glasses


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065238,748
4.60 5
Vintage: 2009 09/12/2013

Four and a half glasses


Snooth User: rogandme
849198
4.00 5
Vintage: 2006 08/27/2008

Four glasses



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