2018 Syrah, Kimsey Vineyard

2018 Syrah, Kimsey Vineyard

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"Inky, rich and explosive , the Kimsey is endowed with tons of intensity. Blackberry jam, chocolate, new leather, licorice and lavender all build in the glass. This huge, potent Syrah packs a serious punch. ~ Vinous


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 "Dense purple, with a vibrant nose of black and blue fruits as well as cracked pepper, violets, and bay leaf, it hits the palate with medium to full-bodied richness, a pure, layered texture, good acidity, and outstanding length. This is a classic wine from this estate that brings serious richness and depth while staying nicely balanced and lively. It's certainly not for those looking for lightweight aromas and flavors, though~ Jeb Dunnuck

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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).

Winemaking:  This is our fourth 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 Estrella clone perched high on the hill planted in rocky, clay-loam soil.  The grapes were 75% destemmed without being crushed, leaving over 95% whole berries and 25% whole-cluster, into a 1.5-ton open top fermentor and cold-soaked for four 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 2020.

Production: 98 cases made

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

Retail Price: $55 per bottle / Wine Club Price: $44 per bottle

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Wine Specs

Vintage 2018
Varietal Syrah
Appellation Ballard Canyon
Harvest Date October 2017
Aging 22 months
Bottling Date Augist 2019

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