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2017 Ballard Canyon PMV Clone #1 Syrah

2017 Purisima Mountain Vineyard Syrah Clone 1
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95 points

An incredible vintage of the Clone #1 Syrah, the 2017 is dark, rich, balanced, and one of the best Clone #1 wines ever. Gamey, meaty, smoky, peppery, dark berry flavors and aromas run throughout the 2017 vintage. The wine is big and dense but has an incredible level of elegance, structure, and acid that keep the wine light on its feet. Young, but drinking very well now, the wine will benefit from some additional time in bottle and should age well for over 15 years with ease.

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  • 95 points


    The 2017 Syrah Purisi­ma Moun­tain Vine­yard Clone #1 is anoth­er com­pelling wine in this range from Steve Beck­men. Read­ers will find a wine that embod­ies the essence of Bal­lard Canyon. The 2017 still needs time to come togeth­er, as the 60% new oak is not ful­ly assim­i­lat­ed, but the wine’s pedi­gree is evi­dent. Inky dark fruit, choco­late, new leather, spice and earthy notes all build in a dense, potent Syrah that is deeply sat­is­fy­ing. Read­ers who pre­fer a style with a bit less overt oak may pre­fer the straight Purisi­ma Moun­tain Syrah, but that is real­ly split­ting hairs at this lev­el. Drink­ing win­dow: 2020 — 2037.

  • 94 points

    Wine Enthusiast

    Cel­lar Selec­tion in Decem­ber’s Best of Year 2019” edition. 

    Rich aro­mas of black cur­rant, molten lava cake with blue­ber­ry coulis, smoke and vanil­la indi­cate that this is a hefty Syrah. It lands with lav­ish tan­nins that hold firm as charred pork and dark-berry fla­vors dec­o­rate the palate. Drink now through 2037. Cel­lar Selection.

  • 93+ points

    Jeb Dunnuck

    The 2017 Syrah Clone #1 Purisi­ma Moun­tain Vine­yard comes all from a sin­gle clone of Syrah and was destemmed and brought up in a mix of tank and oak. Its sim­i­lar­ly deep pur­ple col­or gives way to a more black-fruit­ed, smoky, meaty, min­er­al-laced Syrah that has medi­um to full body, build­ing tan­nins, good puri­ty, and the clas­sic, straight, focused style of the vin­tage. Give this struc­tured Syrah 2 – 3 years and enjoy over the fol­low­ing decade. Matu­ri­ty: 2021 – 2031.

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