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2017 Syrah, Larner Vineyard
SANTA BARBARA COUNTY | BALLARD CANYON AVA
Our Larner Vineyard Syrah is planted in deep, sandy soils over a layer of chalk. Co-fermented with a touch of Viognier and 70% whole-clusters, this wine effortlessly balances elegance and power. Blue and black fruits jump of the glass, and are supported by tar, pepper and graphite. The palate shows more blackberry, green olive and baking spice. Finishes with a long mineral-laden complexity. Expect this wine to develop and gain complexity over the coming decade, and age well into the next.
Jeb Dunnuck 94 Points
The 2017 Syrah Larner Vineyard comes from a top site in Ballard Canyon and includes a splash of Viognier and 70% whole clusters. Aged 22 months in 25% new French oak, it has a beautiful perfume of black raspberries, crushed flowers, smoked game, and toasted spices. Rich, medium to full-bodied, and beautifully balanced on the palate, it's another terrific, complex, layered wine in this lineup that will evolve for 10-12 years. Maturity 2020-2032. — Jeb Dunnuck
Vinous 94 Points
The 2017 Syrah Larner Vineyard is a deeply intriguing, beautiful wine. Dark red fruit, mint, iron and incense form a compelling profile. The 2017 is a potent, intense wine, and yet it expresses that sense of energy that is such a signature of Larner and Ballard Canyon. Savory overtones and a spine of tannin take this gorgeous Syrah through to the finish. Impressive. Drinking window 2022-2032. — Antonio Galloni.
2016 Syrah, Larner Vineyard
Wine Advocate 93+ Points
The 2016 Syrah Larner Vineyard contains 1% Viognier. It has an opaque ruby-purple color and is very tightly coiled on the nose, slowly opening to graphite, olive, chocolate, blueberry and boysenberry preserves, with warm black plum and black cherry—tons of latent layers here. Full-bodied, it's densely flavored with very firm, very chewy tannins and just enough freshness, finishing long with a touch of oak poking out. Give this more time in bottle. Drink date 2020-2035. — Erin Brooks
The 2016 Syrah Larner Vineyard is dark, unctuous and super-concentrated. Inky red/purplish berry fruit, spice, rose petal and lavender open up in the glass, but the Larner stands out for its mid-palate plushness and overall intensity. Drink 2021-2031. — Antonio Galloni
The 2016 Syrah Larner Vineyard comes from a site in Ballard Canyon and, like the Bien Nacido, saw a touch of co-fermented Viognier. Fermented with 50% stems and aged 22 months in one-third new French oak, it offers beautiful blueberry, violet, ground pepper, and black olive aromas and flavors. Fleshy, textured, medium to full-bodied, and with plenty of tannins, it's another elegant, structured wine that will benefit from bottle age. Maturity 2022-2031. — Jeb Dunnuck
2015 Syrah, Larner Vineyard
Jeb Dunnuck 95 Points
The 2015 Syrah Larner Vineyard is similarly deeply colored, and it saw 1% cofermented Viognier and 22 months one-third new barrels. Clean, pure and elegant, with rocking notes of crème de cassis, bacon fat, leafy herbs, and lavender, it hits the palate with medium to full-bodied richness, a more tight, reserved texture, solid mid-palate depth, and a great finish. This is another sensational wine from this estate. Maturity 2018-2033. — Jeb Dunnuck
The 2015 Syrah Larner Vineyard is another super-expressive wine from Jaffurs. Bright floral notes perk up the red-toned fruits nicely. Persistent, energetic and gracious, the Larner has so much to offer. Beams of tannin extend the mid-palate and finish effortlessly in this gorgeous Syrah from Jaffurs. Drink 2018-2026. — Antonio Galloni
Black currant, charred berries and a hint of diesel show on the nose of this dark and intense bottling from Ballard Canyon. The dark-fruit flavors continue on the sip, but are lifted by rosemary, bay leaf and chalky tannins. — Matt Kettmann