Thursday, November 1, 2018

Wine of the Week: Potek Ballard Canyon Syrah "Tierra Alta Vineyard"

Ballard Canyon AVA has a rich history in the Santa Barbara region, first as a farming community, and then in 1974 the first winery was founded followed an increasingly large number of vintners calling the region home. Ballard Canyon sees mainly Rhone varietals being planted, however due to the vast diurnal swings and morning fogs, the region is becoming synonymous with great Syrah. Potek's Ballard Canyon Syrah is a perfect example of a pure expression of Syrah in this region. The grapes are treaded by foot and fermented with 100% whole clusters; followed by some time in neutral french oak. With no fining or filtration, the resulting wine is powerful and explosive. Notes of licorice, smoke, crushed rocks and menthol are all on the forefront. This wine has consistently received high scores every year, and is an exquisite example of a Santa Barbara Syrah


Santa Barbara, located about two hours north of Los Angeles, is widely considered to be one of the most dynamic winemaking regions in California today, and David Potter is one of the new guard making a name for himself here. In the fall of 2015, wanting to create focused, single-vineyard wines, Potter opened Potek Winery, with a commitment to produce the best possible wines from Santa Barbara’s most exciting vineyards. The winery uses a minimalist approach to winemaking. With access to such unique and expressive vineyards, this is the best way to coax out the distinct facets of the individual wines. The wines are mainly aged in neutral oak and are treated as naturally as possible, with no fining or filtration before bottling. The resulting wines speak of their locations throughout Santa Barbara, and are a beautiful survey of the area.

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