The Larner Vineyard is located on the Southern end of the Ballard Canyon A.V.A. I use the Estrella River Clone of Syrah, which is one of the oldest Syrah Clones in California. The vines are planted on a south facing slope in pure sand. This vineyard produces cooler climate Syrah characteristics with purity of fruit and vibrant fruit flavors. The grapes were 80% destemmed without being crushed, leaving over 95% whole berries and 20% whole-cluster, into a 1.5-ton open top fermentor and cold-soaked for five days prior to inoculation. The addition of whole-cluster adds structure and vitality to the final wine. I feel the stems add an interesting savory element to this wine that I enjoy. This wine was aged in barrel for an additional twenty-two months prior to being racked from barrel and bottled.