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Santa Ynez Valley

USA, Syrah, Rusack Vineyards, Ballard Canyon Estate, Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Barbara, California, 2011

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Red blend of: 91% syrah and 9% petite sirah. N/ Deep plum and blackberry stew, black cherries, and dark black soil. Rosemary, smoldering campfire, and split flint. Clean aromas of a fall forest floor. Fantastic. T/ Medium full to full mouthfeel. Amazingly smooth. A light glycerol weight that helps bind together a remarkably balanced load […]

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USA, Syrah, Zaca Mesa, Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Barbara, 2007

Note: let breathe at least an hour post opening / decanting. Well worth it. She blossoms. N/ Clean. Candied, stewed plums. Taffy. Warm, deep oaks. Sugared gunpowder. Black pepper. Lightly crushed granite. T/ Full mouthfeel. Massive, but clean, tannic backbone. Woods in totally harmony with blackberries, black fruits, and stewed, soft plums. Long, jammy, slightly […]

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USA, Syrah, Zaca Mesa, Santa Ynez Valley, 2005

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N/ Barrel room. Dark, brooding plums – just like I like ’em. Smoked black pepper. Slight game. T/ Medium mouthfeel. Clean, sharp edges. Slightly chalky. Very well balanced oaky, plummed-up delight. Excellent winemaking, especially for the price! Price = $17. Astounding. 96

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