2016 Syrah, Kimsey Vineyard

2016 Syrah, Kimsey Vineyard

95 Points!

"As with all of Blair's wines, it's deeply colored and offers an elegant perfume of black raspberry and cassis fruit intermixed with loads of spring flowers, incense, and violets. Medium to full-bodied, pure, elegant and finesse-driven, it just glides over the palate and is flawlessly balanced. It's terrific today yet I suspect it will still be drinking beautifully in another decade."  - Jeb Dennuck

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Vineyards and Composition: 100% Kimsey Vineyard Syrah; Ballard Canyon, Santa Barbara County.

Barrel Aging and Cooperage: Twenty-two months in three year old and older French oak barrels (Sirugue and Meyrieux).

Production: 110 cases made

Winemaking:This is our second release from this well-regarded, organically grown vineyard. The Kimsey Vineyard is planted on the cooler, south-western side of the Ballard Canyon A.V.A. Ballard Canyon has proven itself to be an outstanding area to grow world-class Syrah. I selected the 383 clone perched high on the hill planted in rocky, clay-loam soil. 2016 was the first vintage after five years of drought and produced wines with abundant flavor, character and extract. This vintage resulted in high quality wines with rich, decadent fruit and bright natural acidity. The grapes were 82% destemmed without being crushed, leaving over 95% whole berries and 18% whole-cluster, into a 1.5-ton open top fermentor and cold-soaked for three days prior to inoculation. After the cold soak, the grapes were punched down by hand, for 13 days, until fermentation was complete. The must was basket pressed and settled before being racked into three year old and older French oak barrels for aging. This wine was aged in barrel for an additional twenty-two months prior to being racked from barrel and bottled in late August of 2018.

Bottle Aging:  This wine can be enjoyed now or cellared for an additional 8 years with proper storage.

Retail Price: $47 per bottle / Wine Club Price: $37.60 per bottle

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Wine Specs

Vintage 2016
Varietal Syrah
Appellation Ballard Canyon
Harvest Date October 2016
Aging 22 months
Bottling Date August 2018

Wine Profile

Ratings 95 Points - Jeb Dennuck

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