2017 Syrah, Larner Vineyard
Vineyards and Composition: 100% Larner Vineyard Syrah; Ballard Canyon, Santa Barbara County.
Barrel Aging and Cooperage: Twenty-two months in three year old and older French oak barrels.
Production: 124 cases made
Winemaking: The grapes were 75% destemmed without being crushed, leaving over 95% whole berries and 25% 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 barrels.
Bottle Aging: Enjoy now or age up to 8 years
Retail Price: $50 per bottle / Wine Club Price: $40 per bottle
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