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Rusack Vineyards Syrah Ballard Canyon Estate Santa Barbara County 2014

Editorial Review by Gregory Dal Piaz:

Originally planted in 1970s then replanted in 2002 and 2003. Two different clones. Added three more since then, four different soil types with clones planted on specific soil types,not simply in blocks Sweetly smoky and toasty on the nose with lots of wood spice and plummy fruit. there’s a lovely texture in the mouth, bright and lacking the weight of many of these wines, with tannins that are refined and the acids do a lot of the heavy lifting here. The flavors are pure and delicate with great definition to the cherry skin, plum skin, and smoky notes. Good length and definition on the long finish which shows a bit of heat ntwo. Just a lovely wine in the style, bright juicy fruit, more red toned than many of these wines and showing compelling freshness. 92pts

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Rusack Vineyards:
Rusack was established in 1995 by Geoff Rusack and Alison Wrigley Rusack with a commitment to creating world-class wines. In the years since then, this dedication to quality has meant some dramatic changes at the winery. The most visible change is in the vineyard. Following the 2001 harvest, many of the original vines were pulled out and replanted under the guidance of viticuluturist Hope Fidz... Read more
Rusack was established in 1995 by Geoff Rusack and Alison Wrigley Rusack with a commitment to creating world-class wines. In the years since then, this dedication to quality has meant some dramatic changes at the winery. The most visible change is in the vineyard. Following the 2001 harvest, many of the original vines were pulled out and replanted under the guidance of viticuluturist Hope Fidziura and winemaker John Falcone. Utilizing cutting edge technology and taking advantage of Ballard Canyon’s unique terroir, varieties to be grown were carefully chosen and limited to those clones best suited to the microclimate. Syrah, Sangiovese, and Sauvignon Blanc have been planted, along with smaller lots of Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot to be blended into the renowned "Anacapa." Read less

Editorial Reviews for Rusack Vineyards Syrah Ballard Canyon Estate Santa Barbara County

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065238,749
4.50 5
Vintage: 2012 09/24/2014

Originally planted in 1970s then replanted in 2002 and 2003. Two different clones. Added three more since then, four different soil types with clones planted on specific soil types,not simply in blocks Sweetly smoky and toasty on the nose with lots of wood spice and plummy fruit. there’s a lovely texture in the mouth, bright and lacking the weight of many of these wines, with tannins that are refined and the acids do a lot of the heavy lifting here. The flavors are pure and delicate with great definition to the cherry skin, plum skin, and smoky notes. Good length and definition on the long finish which shows a bit of heat ntwo. Just a lovely wine in the style, bright juicy fruit, more red toned than many of these wines and showing compelling freshness. 92pts


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Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065238,749
4.60 5
Vintage: 2012 09/24/2014

Four and a half glasses


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Vintage: 2009 01/12/2012

Classic Ballard Canyon Syrah 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.



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