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 45% Grenache, 44% Syrah and 11% Mourvèdre.
Rated 93 points by Wine Enthusiast!
Aromas of maraschino cherry, rose petal, leather, peppercorn and vanilla. Rich tannins and a long finish. Pairs well with grilled or smoked meatts. Aged 22 months in oak barrels, 30% new French oak.
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.
The 2014 vintage produced wines defined by strength, yet elegance. This Reserve Syrah, with 33% whole cluster fermentation, exemplifies the characteristic of this classic vintage. Spicy aromatics of crushed pepper, dried press flowers, rosemary wood, and blackberry. An elegant mid-palate of blueberry, cigar box, dark chocolate with a hint of vanilla on the finish. Balanced acidity, firm and chalky tannins. Aged 36 months in in 50% new oak (15% French and 35% Russian oak). 145 cases produced.
Flashy, racy and succulent, with a terrific palate presence. Dark cherry, spice and white chocolate flavors are all amped up. Even with all if its natural intensity, the 2013 is quite nuanced and delicate. The 2013 spent a total of four years in 100% new French oak, 25% whole-cluster and was done with a touch of Viognier.
Only made in exceptional vintages, the Dedication is a testament to the patience required to produce impeccable, world class Syrah.