2014 Syrah, Larner Vineyard
BALLARD CANYON AVA | SANTA BARBARA COUNTY
The 2013 Larner Vineyard is rich and fruitful with complex underlying layers of earth, minerality and spice. This year’s vintage has great depth, with slight tar and herb aromas. It is powerful, yet still maintains elegance and balance. The grapes marry with the sand and limestone vineyard site, giving this wine a character reminiscent of the great Northern Rhône Syrahs.
Wine Advocate 94 Points
The inky purple/blue colored 2013 Syrah Larner Vineyard is a full-bodied, rich, gorgeously textured beauty that has tons of currants, blackberry, smoked herbs and pepper aromas and flavors. Seeing 25% whole clusters and 20% new French oak, drink this pedal to the metal, pure, yet still elegant Syrah over the coming 7-8 years. — J.D.
Vinous 93+ Points
The 2013 Syrah Larner Vineyard is another deep, potent wine. Beams of tannin give the Larner much of its verticality and structure. Today, the Larner is shut down hard. A host of dark cherry, menthol, licorice, smoke, game, tobacco and dark spice give the Larner its distinctively brooding personality. The 2013 Larner is powerful, but also incredibly promising. — A.G.