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 2019 vintage of Malvasia Bianca exhibits floral aromas of honeysuckle and orange blossom as well as exotic fruits like star fruit and bright peach. Mineral nuances on the palate with a firm acidity. Fermented in 50% concrete egg and 50% stainless steel and aged 6 months before bottling. 88 cases produced.
The 2017 Santa Barbara County Transverse is an approachable blend of Syrah grapes from various vineyard sites across the greater Santa Barbara area. This is a bright, fruit forward wine with bursting tones of red cherry, blackberry, leather and dark chocolate. Tangy notes of exotic spice drive the mid weight mouthfeel and soft tannic structure. 500 cases produced.
Proprietary Blend: 65% Grenache, 19% Syrah, & 16% Mourvèdre
Our latest GSM blend opens with flavors of pomegranate, cherry, raspberries, & white chocolate on the palate with notes of sandlewood & cardamom on the nose. Framed with a firm textural richness, making this wine versatile & food friendly. Aged 22 months in neutral oak barrels.
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.
Our newest vintage of our estate grown Syrah. The 2017 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 60% new oak (equal parts French barrels and French puncheon) and 40% neutral French oak barrel.
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
The Larner 2017 Ballard Canyon Grenache is an elegant and fruit-forward wine that opens to a seamless and carefully-measured bouquet of dark fruit, cassis and plum. With those dark fruit characteristics at its core, the wine is framed by chalky notes with dusty endnotes of graphite and iron ore. You also get hints of aniseed and licorice root. Aged in neutral barrel and puncheons, this mid-weight wine offers the freshness for near-term drinking, but it also has the textural richness for longer cellar aging. Michael Larner says the 2017 Grenache is a wine he is especially proud of.
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 blend of 45% Grenache, 44% Syrah and 11% Mourvèdre.