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2019 1NGREDIENT Syrah Ballard Canyon

A natural wine, fermented and aged on the skins for 10 months in amphora. The wine was then hand crushed and aged for an additional 10 months in amphora before being hand bottled and hand labelled. Learn more about our natural 1NGREDIENT label.

The 2019 1NGREDIENT Syrah is arguably our finest effort from our 1NGREDIENT label. The wine is produced from Syrah Clone 174 grown in Block Six on Purisima Mountain Vineyard, which was harvested early for this wine, blended with 2.5% 2019 1NGREDIENT Viognier. The wine saw the same aging regiment as the 1NGREDIENT white wines with 10 months of skin contact in amphora followed by an additional year of the wine aging in amphora. As with all our 1NGREDIENT wines, the Syrah is cluster sorted then berry sorted, crushed and bottled by hand with no additives or preservatives. With only 13.5% alcohol, the 1NGREDIENT Syrah is a tremendous achievement from our winery crew.

The inaugural release of a 1NGREDIENT Syrah bottling is an amazing and complex wine. Floral, gamey, and spicy aromas wrap around a core of bright, fresh black cherry and plum. The wine is medium bodied and plush through the mid-palate with smooth tannins and acidity that carry the flavors to a long finish. There is a tremendous mineral side with the limestone and clay from the amphora creating a sensation of crushed wet rock. Amazingly clean, the 2019 1NGREDIENT Syrah has the potential to age 50+ years. Decanting is suggested over the next several years.

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1 NGREDIENT 2019 Syrah Bottle Shot

Critic Reviews

  • Terroirist

    94 Points

    Light pur­ple col­or. Wow, the nose is so flo­ral and breezy, like red cher­ries, pome­gran­ate and rose petals on a spring mead­ow. The earthy, savory, pep­pery vibes are delight­ful. On the palate, this sports dusty tan­nins and a crisp, nervy appeal. Tangy rasp­ber­ries and cur­rants, so pure and racy, light and crisp, yet there’s a lot of depth as well. Rose petals, vio­lets, earth, pep­per, sage, cre­osote, a lot going on here. There’s a stony, min­er­al essence and a post-rain high desert hike feel about this wine – a focused and sin­gu­lar Syrah. Aged 10 months on the skins and then an addi­tion­al year in amphora.

  • Wine Enthusiast

    91 Points

    This is a unique and com­pelling project, involv­ing just Syrah grapes, clay pots and noth­ing else. Aro­mas of cracked white and black pep­per spice up the tar­ry boy­sen­ber­ry core on the com­plex nose, while the palate shows a more can­died side, with straw­ber­ry and grape fla­vors. Edi­tors’ Choice

  • Owen Bargreen

    90 Points

    The 2019 Ingre­di­ent Syrah also saw ten months of skin con­tact, as a touch of Viog­nier (2.5%) was blend­ed in. The palate is soft, invit­ing and very nuanced. Red cher­ry can­dy, red licorice, white pep­per and smoky under­tones all com­bine nice­ly, as the smooth tex­ture adds to the enjoy­ment. Drink 2022 – 2029