Kimsey Ballard Canyon Syrah 2012

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Defined by its darkness. Blackberries, black olives and black pepper. Inherent earthiness to the brooding and savory nose and the dusty, fine-grained tannins. Earth-driven, but by no means earth-bound. Seemingly endless fruit and floral notes jump out of the glass and dominate the palate lifting this wine to an astonishing height.

Category Red Wine
Varietals
Country California
Region Central Coast
Appellation Santa Ynez Valley
Brand Kimsey
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Wine AdvocateMoving to the Syrah, the 2012 Syrah Ballard Canyon has more than a passing resemblance to a young Cornas. Inky/purple in color, with fabulous blackberry, black raspberry, violets, crushed rocks and pepper, this beauty hits the palate with full-bodied richness, awesome purity and a layered, expansive texture that keeps you coming back to the glass. Cofermented with 4% Viognier and aged 17 months in 20% new French oak, enjoy this awesome Ballard Canyon Syrah over the coming decade.

Jeb Dunnuck, August 2014