Rusack handcrafts wines that have become known around the world for their striking elegance, robust yet silky fruit, and seductive finish - reminiscent of the rolling hills of Ballard Canyon at dusk. Established in 1995 by the husband and wife team of Geoffrey Claflin Rusack and Alison Wrigley Rusack, the forty-eight acre Ballard Canyon estate is planted with seventeen acres of grapes. Syrah and Sangiovese, the two varietals that initially drew the world’s attention to Ballard Canyon, make up approximately half of the vines. Interspersed with these are smaller blocks of Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon & Petit Syrah. Additionally, several rows of Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot are grown for blending into our renowned “Anacapa”, a Bordeaux-style red blend.
The Rusacks’ commitment to producing world-class wines was clearly evidenced when, following the 2001 harvest, they replanted the vast majority of the vineyard in realigned rows. These rows precisely followed the hillside contours, allowing for good drainage and optimal sun exposure and even ripening of the fruit. The new alignment also reduced soil erosion, while a new, state-of-the art irrigation system afforded precise moisture control along with enhanced water conservation. The reward for all of this work: a new paradigm for what Ballard Canyon has to offer, and more importantly, absolutely delicious wine!
In addition to its own estate fruit, Rusack continues to source Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes from some of the premier vineyards on the Central Coast. The wide variety of microclimates in the region, ranging from the wind-swept, misty hilltops of Santa Rita Hills to the diverse, fertile soils in Santa Maria Valley, provide the opportunity to craft a variety of wines manifesting distinct flavor profiles, textures and aromas. Farmed in accordance with the Rusack team’s tireless commitment to quality, and crafted with unique care and finesse, these wines offer a Burgundian counterpart to the estate wines, with their bright acidity, silky texture, and lingering finish that you will not want to let go of.