The family’s motto of Geology, Origins, and Territory are best exemplified in the passion indeered on all the estate wines. The geology is principal, not only since that was Michael’s background, but it is the sole composition of the building blocks that make the vineyard and varietals excel in the estate. The origins revolves around not just the legacy created by the Larner family, but also reminiscent of the origins of the award wining fruit that has set the vineyard apart as a “Californian Grand Cru”, stated by Robert Parker, Jr., that ultimately leads to world-class wines. Lastly, the territory, which must be perfectly suited to allow the cultivated varietals to express their true characteristics, where year after year the gapes and their wines consistently produce optimal aromas and flavors – eventually entering the vintage bottled time-capsuled.
A blend of 36% Grenache, 36% Syrah and 28% Mourvèdre.
A blend of 45% Grenache, 44% Syrah and 11% Mourvèdre.
As the only AVA dedicated to Syrah, Ballard Canyon has emerged as the "home" of Syrah in America. The 2012 Syrah is a balanced blend 5 different Syrah clones grown on the Estate. Hints of blackfruit and smoke on the nose with a peppery finish. Great with ribs, brisket and Santa Maria Style bbq.
Our newest release of Syrah has aromas of a dark fruit medley, candied smoked bacon, pepper spice, and charred earth. Hints of leather, cedar and chalk create a rich mid-palate, yet nicely textured with a smooth finish. Aged 22 month in 40% New French oak and 20% Russian oak. Pairs well with grilled or smoked meats.
Larner Grenache boasts immediate and generous tones of black cherry, dark chocolate, and baking spice, with a hint of white pepper and minerality. Supple tannins and a velvety texture distinguish the palate. The 2014 Grenache is a blend of four clones - 136, 362, 513, and our own Larner clone. It was aged for 22 months in 100% neutral French oak.
Complex and intense aromas of baker’s chocolate, black cherry, wild sage, clove, and bergamot spice. This medium-bodied Mourvèdre exhibits a rich texture and a firm tannic finish. Aged 22 months in Russian oak, 50% new 50% neutral.