2015 Larner Vineyard Syrah
Vineyards and Composition: 100% Larner Vineyard Syrah; Ballard Canyon, Santa Ynez Valley.
Barrel Aging and Cooperage: Twenty-six months in two and three year old French oak barrels (Mercurey and Ermitage).
Winemaking: 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. After the cold soak, the grapes were punched down by hand one to three times per day, for 12 days, until fermentation was complete. The free run juice was drained off and the remaining must was basket pressed and settled before being racked into three year old and older French oak barrels for aging. This wine was aged in barrel for an additional twenty-six months prior to being racked from barrel and bottled in late January of 2018.
Production: 55 cases made
Retail Price $45 per bottle / WIne Club Price $36 per bottle