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2016 Syrah, Larner Vineyard
SANTA BARBARA COUNTY | BALLARD CANYON AVA
Sandy, limestone rich soils at Larner Vineyard produce a structured, complex Syrah. Co-fermented with a touch of Viognier and 50% whole-clusters, this wine effortlessly balances elegance and power. Floral and savory aromatics of game and olive tapenade give way to baking spice and blue and red fruit on the palate. Finishing long and grippy, this is a rich, tannic wine that will improve with cellaring 5-10 years past the vintage.
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
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
2014 Syrah, Larner Vineyard
There's a warm and welcoming note of baked goods and toasty brioche on the nose of this bottling, along with hints of vanilla and black cherry. The flavors are also very accessible and delicious, with black-cherry syrup, maple, brown sugar and more vanilla spice that carries deep into the finish. The tannins are firm enough to hold up the richness. — Matt Kettmann
The 2014 Syrah Larner Vineyard is a deep, powerful wine. Dark red cherry, chocolate, menthol, licorice and plum infuse this intense, sumptuous Syrah. All the elements meld together in an effortless, juicy wine that hits all the right notes. This is in an exuberant style, but it works nicely. Floral notes reappear on the finish, adding further shades of nuance. The 20-30% whole clusters are very nicely balanced. Drinking window 2018-2022. — Antonio Galloni
Incorporating a splash of Viognier, the 2014 Syrah Larner Vineyard is an elegant, seamless Syrah that offers lots of black cherry, black raspberry, dried herbs and hints of incense in a medium- to full-bodied, silky style. It's another impeccably balanced beauty from this team that's going to drink beautifully going forward. — Jeb Dunnuck