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Date Printed: 7/25/2014
Rusack Santa Barbara Syrah 2008
Rusack Santa Barbara Syrah 2008
(search item no. 107956)
Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 7/25/2014: $24.99

Winemaker's Notes:

#27 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2011

81% Syrah, 8% Petite Sirah, 11% Grenache.

The Syrah varietal is Santa Barbara County's great noble red. This bottling is abundant with suggestions of blackberry, blueberry, and hints of vanilla. Its silky texture carries ripe fruit and tannins on the palate.

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About Rusack:

Rusack was established in 1995 by Geoff Rusack and Alison Wrigley Rusack with a commitment to creating world-class wines. In the years since then, this dedication to quality has meant some dramatic changes at the winery.

The most visible change is in the vineyard. Following the 2001 harvest, many of the original vines were pulled out and replanted under the guidance of winemaker John Falcone. Utilizing cutting edge technology and taking advantage of Ballard Canyon’s unique terroir, varieties to be grown were carefully chosen and limited to those clones best suited to the microclimate. Syrah, Sangiovese, and Sauvignon Blanc have been planted, along with smaller lots of Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot to be blended into the renowned "Anacapa."