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 2021 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 oak puncheons.
Delightfully fresh, floral and bright, our 2022 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 precision and vibrant intensity. It reveals a nice acidity to keep the palate refreshed. If you’re familiar with past vintages, you’ll notice a more textural richness and soft fruit layering in this new release.
The 2022 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. 40 cases produced.
The 2020 Elemental is a blend of 52% Grenache, 33% Syrah, and 15% Mourvedre. The best fruit is selected from across the estate to produce balanced results, while also showing the character of each grape. Syrah plays a leading role and the wine reveals soft dark fruit flavors and supple texture. The two other grapes play supporting roles adding freshness and pretty background tones of spice, tobacco and campfire ash. 170 cases produced.
The 2021 Unconformity bends the rules. This certified organic and co-fermented blend of Syrah, Grenache and Mourvèdre opens to a dark color and velvety texture, which seamlessly integrates with black cherry and plum that cede to spice, tobacco, and pretty mineral sensations. The texture is generous, but never heavy, making this one of the most versatile and food-friendly reds. Aged in 100% Manetti amphora. 60 cases produced.
A classic expression of the Larner winemaking philosophy, the 2019 Syrah hits that elusive intersection between power and elegance. This is a full-bodied red with impressive complexity. Aromas peel back to reveal raspberry coulis, baker's chocolate, allspice, licorice and sweet cigar. Come back to the glass five minutes later and you might discover a whole new set of delicious characteristics. It feels firm and grounded in texture thanks to the wine's generous consistency and supple tannins. 127 cases produced
A blend of 45% Grenache, 44% Syrah and 11% Mourvèdre.
Proprietary blend of 46% Grenache, 43% Syrah and 11% Mourvèdre. Aged 22 months in neutral oak.
The 2019 Elemental is a blend of 57% Grenache, 40% Syrah, and 3% Mourvedre. The best fruit is selected from across the estate to produce balanced results, while also showing the character of each grape. Syrah plays a leading role and the wine reveals soft dark fruit flavors and supple texture. The two other grapes play supporting roles adding freshness and pretty background tones of spice, tobacco and campfire ash. 126 cases produced.
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.