According to Wine Advocate - The 2012 Syrah Ballard Canyon Estate checks in as a blend of 86% Syrah and 14% Petite Sirah from the estate’s Rusack Vineyard that spent 16 months in 19% new oak (mostly French). It’s a pretty, up-front and elegantly styled effort that gives up classic berry fruits, spice, leather and hints of game to go with a medium-bodied, forward and delicious style on the palate. Drink it over the coming 3-4 years.
According to Wine Spectator - Compact but zesty, with black cherry and toasted spice aromas leading to tightly wound plum, grilled herb and anise flavors. Best from 2022 through .
According to Antonio Galloni - The 2012 Syrah Ballard Canyon Estate Santa Barbara County shows the softer contours that are possible within Ballard Canyon, one of the warmer sites in Santa Barbara. Dark red stone fruits, iron, smoke, spice and leather notes flesh out in a radiant, open Syrah with plenty of near term appeal. This is one of the better entry-level wines from Rusack.
According to International Wine Cellar - Inky ruby. Smoky cherry and dark berry aromas are complemented by dark chocolate and espresso. Full, broad and rich, offering straightforward, slightly hot plum and blackberry flavors and a touch of cracked pepper. The sweet, clinging finish is framed by soft tannins, with the warm plummy note repeating.
Winemakers Notes - This bottling contains classic Ballard Canyon Syrah aromas of cassis and blackberry, with hints of licorice. Concentrated flavors of dried cherries, blackberries and cocoa mix with velvety tannins that linger on the palate. 14.2% ABV.