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.
The 2018 Santa Barbara County Transverse is named after the Santa Ynez Transverse Mountain range that runs east west in Santa Barbara’s wine country. It is an approachable blend of Syrah grapes from select vineyard sites across the valley. This is a bright, fruit-forward wine with bursting tones of red cherry, blackberry, leather and dark chocolate. There are tangy notes of exotic spice that drive up the mid-weight mouthfeel and soft tannic structure. Ultimately, Transverse aims to achieve an easy-drinking style with a sunny, all California personality. Aged 14 months in 10% new and 90% neutral French and American oak puncheons.
Delightfully fresh, floral and bright, the Malvasia Bianca is a local favorite and versatile white wine to enjoy on a sunny day. The bouquet reveals orange blossom, jasmine and lemon zest that pop from the glass with percision and vibrant intensity. It shows a nice acidity to keep the palate refreshed. If you are familiar with past vintages, you will notice more textural richness and soft fruit layering in this new release.
This limited-production aromatic Rhone white is crafted with a unique fermentation process using 1/3 stainless steel, 1/3 neutral oak, and 1/3 New French oak. This technique offers a kiss of spice from the New French Oak barrels, contributing to the complexity and depth to the finished wine.
The 2021 Rosé opens to a pink color with bright tones of polished copper that capture the ambient light. Aromas of cassis and wild rose and are backed by almond and a hint of pink grapefruit. This wine delivers a delicious freshness and tonic energy.
Unconformity is a co-fermented blend of Syrah, Grenache and Mourvèdre. Fermenting three grapes together allows this wine to express mineral tones and dark fruit such as blackberry preserves and summer ripe plum. Hints of spice, tobacco and leather add to the texture of this velvety, full-bodied red blend.
The 2018 Elemental is a blend of 53% Grenache, 40% Syrah, and 7% Mourvedre that was aged for 22 months in neutral French oak. It is an elegant mid-weight red with notable brightness that pairs well with a variety of foods. This wine proves to be a crowd pleaser and is one of our most popular reds.
The 2018 vintage Syrah shows richness and a soft textural approach with plenty of black cherry, blackberry, and wild plum. Those primary fruit aromas are neatly folded into dark spice, toasted nut and baker’s chocolate. Aged 26 months in 42% new oak (35% French barrels and 7% American) and 58% neutral French oak barrel. This wine offers balance and pretty intensity, all delivered over a long, full-bodied mouthfeel