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Syrah, Kimsey Vineyard
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.
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.