Ballard Canyon AVA | Santa Barbara County
Densely planted on sandy soils in the Ballard Canyon AVA, this vineyard gives us concentrated fruit with supple, integrated phenolics. Cherry and mocha aromatics burst from the glass, with underling notes of pepper and cedar box. This wine is full bodied, yet fresh on the palate, with red fruits and sweet tobacco. Finishes long, with fine, dusty tannins.
2013 Syrah, Kimsey Vineyard
Wine Advocate 92 Points
Another beauty is the 2013 Syrah Kimsey Vineyard, which shows a cool climate style in its white pepper, sappy, underbrush, flowers and liquid blackberry-laced bouquet. Medium-bodied, nicely concentrated and elegant, with lively acidity, it should evolve nicely for a year or two and keep through 2025. — J.D.
Vinous 93 Points
The 2013 Syrah Kimsey Vineyard is rich, dense and massively tannic, as most wines from this Ballard Canyon site are. Black cherry jam, blackberry, smoke, licorice and dark spices meld together in a deep, unctuous Syrah endowed with real depth and palate weight. This is an especially brooding, potent Syrah that needs time in bottle. — A.G.
2012 Syrah, Kimsey Vineyard – First Release !
Wine Enthusiast 94 Points
This wine from a newer vineyard in the recently named Ballard Canyon appellation offers aromas of boysenberry, black pepper and a judicious amount of creosote. It’s elegantly structured along a line of ripe purple to tarry black flavors—think burnt ends of beef tip coated in smashed wild berries and crushed Indian spices. — M.K.
Vinous 91 Points
Dark purple. Smoke-accented cherry, cassis and black pepper on the nose, with hints of olive, violet and cured meat adding complexity. Pliant, broad and chewy, but with a surprisingly light touch to its sappy black and blue fruit and floral pastille flavors. Spicy and focused on the finish, with dusty tannins adding support and grip. — J.R.
Wine Spectator 90 Points
Bright and floral black raspberry aromas combine with layered and zesty flavors of licorice, grilled herb, stony mineral and smoky cracked pepper. Drink now through 2023. — T.F.