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2017 Ballard Canyon PMV Clone #1 Syrah

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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

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    Review to be includ­ed in Decem­ber’s Best of Year 2019” edition.

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