$55/bottle under the original label
Lot 370 comes to us from one of the finest producers in Ballard Canyon, which sits at the tenderloin of the Santa Ynez Valley. A blend of
35% Syrah, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Pinot Noir, 10% Merlot, 5% Petite Verdot and 5% Petite Sirah, 3% Cabernet Franc, 1% Grenache and 1% Viognier, it is about as unique a wine as you will find in California.
Normally $50-$60/bottle and scoring between 92-95 points year-in, year-out from the likes of Antonio Galloni, Jeb Dunnock and Lisa Perrotti-Brown at the Wine Advocate, this wine is a steal at $23/bottle.
Having launched my career out of the back of my car back in 2000 with a very unique red blend called Cinergi, I know a thing or two about marrying varietals that are not normally meant to play together and the inherent difficulty in achieving a coherent and symphonic arrangement. However, I can assure you, this purpose-built, incredibly aromatic and gloriously complex wine is a game-changer when it comes to kitchen sink red blends.
Concentrated elegance, class and precision are all on full display.
And symphonic it is, hitting all registers with equal precision. Deep, ripe blackberry and graphite notes are equally trebled with a perfumed halo of cherry blossoms, cinnamon spice, slate rock and rosemary/violet notes. Full-bodied and rich, yet transparent and supremely elegant with robust tension seamlessly welding together blackberry, black currant, and pretty maraschino cherry notes with gorgeously perfumed florals that resolve with an earthy black tea and graphite flourish in the finish. Spectacular!
100% Santa Ynez Valley, 82% Ballard Canyon, 100% Estate fruit
35% Syrah, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Pinot Noir, 10% Merlot, 5% Petite Verdot and 5% Petite Sirah, 3% Cabernet Franc, 1% Grenache, 1% Viognier ~20% new French oak 16% alc. 300 cases available Bottling January/February 2023 (depends on when I take it out of BBL) and shipping a couple weeks thereafter.