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Syrah, Larner Vineyard
BALLARD CANYON AVA | SANTA BARBARA COUNTY
Sandy, limestone rich soils at Larner Vineyard produce a structured, complex Syrah. Co-fermented with a touch of Viognier, and 30% whole-clusters, this wine effortlessly balances elegance and power. Floral aromatics give way to baking spice and rich blue fruit on the palate, with a long, gripping and savory finish. Larner produces one of our most age-worthy Syrahs. The 2014 vintage is drinking nicely now, but will improve with cellaring.
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.
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.
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.