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2007 Rusack Vineyards Syrah Ballard Canyon Estate Santa Barbara County
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87 Points | Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine
89(+?) Points | International Wine Cellar , November/December 2009

($36) Opaque ruby. Exotically perfumed bouquet of raspberry, boysenberry, potpourri and licorice. Succulent dark berry flavors are framed by solid tannins and complemented by fresh herbs. Balances deep, sweet berry fruit against tangy minerals on the long, slightly stern finish. I'd bet on this rewarding another five years of patience; in fact, it needs it.

90 Points | Wine Spectator

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It is remarkable that an industry essentially less than a half-century old could capture the attention of the American wine-buying public to the degree that California has. Powerful consumer interest in California wine is driven by two major factors. The more obvious reason is that California's best wines, which come from grapes grown in...

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Syrah

While the grape is currently grown throughout the world, the most elegant Syrahs still come from the Northern Rhone valley, particularly the appellations of Côte Rôtie, Cornas, and Hermitage. Here, steep, terraced vineyards help produce full-bodied, intense, tannic wines loaded with white pepper and red fruit. In the vineyard, Syrah is largely cooperative- vines are productive, but not overly vigorous. Skins are thick, helping the grape...
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