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.
59% Syrah, 26% Grenache, and 15% Mourvèdre
This SGM blend of Rosé is packed with aromas of wild berries, watermelon, and strawberry. A hint of minerality mingles with its fruity playfulness. Ages 6 months in stainless steel.
Floral aromatics combined with exotic tropical fruits. Great minerality on the palate, with a refreshing acidity.
An aromatic beauty that boasts balance of tropical fruits and bright acidity. Only 45 cases produced.
A blend of 66% Grenache, 17% Syrah and 17% Mourvèdre.
Our newest vintage of our estate grown Syrah. The 2016 vintage Syrah boasts powerful aromas of dark fruit, coffee, menthol, and dried tea. Opulent mouthfeel with firm tannins, and a palate adorned with white chocolate, leather, and pepper. As the only AVA dedicated to Syrah, Ballard Canyon AVA has emerged as the “home” of Syrah in America. Aged 22 months in 38% new French oak and 62% neutral French oak barrel. 170 cases produced.
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. Pairs well with grilled or smoked meats. Aged 22 months in 33% new French oak and 8% new American oak.
This 2016 Grenache is from an impressively warm vintage characterized by low yields has aromas of fresh red raspberry, clove, anise, and sandalwood. The palate of ripe red fruit medley, fig, currant, and balsam notes is bright in acidity with a firm tannin finish. Aged 22 months in 100% neutral French oak barrels. 50 cases produced.
A textured, spicy, and robust red with aromas of blackberry, clove, rosemary wood and crushed pepper. Baker’s chocolate on the mid-palate and a hint of tobacco/cigar box on the finish. Bright acidity, firm and chalky tannins. Aged 22 months in 50% new Russian oak and 50% neutral French oak. 75 cases produced
A blend of 36% Grenache, 36% Syrah and 28% Mourvèdre.
Proprietary blend of 46% Grenache, 43% Syrah and 11% Mourvèdre. Aged 22 months in neutral oak.