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.
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.
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.
The Larner 2015 Ballard Canyon Syrah Reserve is a beautifully generous, rich and soft expression of this high performing grape. There is a lot of Californian sunshine locked within the wine’s dark fruit flavors and its aromas of plum, blackberry preserves, spice, tobacco and tarry smoke. Larner’s Reserve is made from a blend of select barrels that show the depth and complexity that he seeks specifically for this bottling. This wine delivers ample textural richness and can pair perfectly across from grilled or barbecued meats. There is a subtle point of tannic sweetness that is a signature of this vintage. Aged 36 months in 66% new French oak.
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.
A one-of-a-kind three bottle wooden box cladded horizontal of Syrah made in three distinct styles, named after the rocks groups that make up the Earth's composition.