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 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.
A co-fermented blend of organically farmed Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvèdre. The Unconformity Red opens with cherry and wild rose that cede to spice and smoky campfire ash. This is a lifted and elegant mid-weight red that will pair with all of your favorite foods from pasta to grilled meat.
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.
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
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.
Proprietary blend of 46% Grenache, 43% Syrah and 11% Mourvèdre. Aged 22 months in neutral oak.
A blend of 45% Grenache, 44% Syrah and 11% Mourvèdre.
From an epic vintage that saw excellent results across Santa Barbara, the 2014 Syrah is a generous wine with ample depth and complexity that is showing beautifully this moment in time. Dark fruit layers with blackberry confit are stacked tall with cured tobacco and exotic spice. This wine is smooth and silky to the palate with softly integrated tannins and a polished finish. *Library selection* Aged 22 months in 33% new French oak and 8% new American 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.
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.