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2010 Rusack Vineyards Syrah Ballard Canyon Estate Santa Barbara County
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88(+?) Points | International Wine Cellar , November/December 2012

Inky ruby.  Black and blue fruits on the nose, with complicating notes of violet and olive.  Deep, chewy black and blue fruit flavors become smokier with air and pick up a touch of bitter chocolate.  Firm tannins add shape and grip to the slightly rigid but persistent finish.  This wine benefits from aeration.

92 Points | Wine Spectator
92 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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Non-Discript....kinda blah....
08/07/2013
by Dolcetto438233
Nothing we tasted at the vineyard was worth noting, and certainly not worth purchasing. Extreme dissappointment. Beautiful vineyard, but it ends there. The Syrah was suppose to have been their gem, it was dull imposter.

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