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Ballard Canyon Syrah 2018 Ballard Canyon - CA - Stringer Cellars

Ballard Canyon Syrah 2018
Ballard Canyon - CA



This Syrah comes exclusively from the Harrison Clarke vineyard in the heart of the Santa Ynez Valley. The vineyard lies within the boundaries of the newly designated Ballard Canyon AVA. The sandy soils and cool microclimate make this an ideal location for growing Syrah.  The Syrah we produce from this vineyard is dark in color with a pronounced acid backbone and a savory spice only found from a cool climate vineyard.


After destemming all but a third of the handpicked fruit, the grapes were sorted and lightly crushed into an open top stainless fermentation tank.  The wine spent a total of 24 days on its skins before being pressed into 50% new Marcel Cadet French oak barrels.  The wine spent 18 months in oak and 8 months in bottle before being released.

Tasting Notes:

The 2018 Ballard Canyon Syrah pours a deep, nearly opaque purple with a varietal nose of dried herbs, violet, and sage.  A palate of red berry fruit and hints of cracked black pepper meld with soft velvety tannins.  A short decant or bottle age will be rewarded.

  • Blend100% Syrah
  • WinemakerCasey Stringer
  • RegionSanta Ynez Valley
  • AppellationBallard Canyon
  • Oak50% New French
  • Alcohol14.9%
  • Production125 cases