The North Eastern spices on the nose and palate lead to a spicy, savory, earthy wine. In a blind tasting, you would almost mistake this for an unadulterated old world cab. Capsicum, gooseberry and pencil shavings on the palate read like a redwood forest in a glass. This wine has so much going on. It’s no wonder Ballard Canyon Syrah has such a great reputation.
"Coming from the sandy soils of Ballard Canyon in Santa Barbara County, the 2014 Syrah Boa Vista Vineyard sports a vibrant purple color to go with stunning aromas and flavors of crème de cassis, black raspberry, pepper and assorted violet and floral characteristics. Focused, fresh, elegant, medium to full-bodied and with a firm edge to its structure, it should benefit from short-term cellaring and have 10-12 years of overall longevity."
91 - 93, Jeb Dunnuck, The Wine Advocate