2017 Syrah, Larner Vineyard

2017 Syrah, Larner Vineyard

 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.

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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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Wine Specs

Vintage 2017
Varietal Syrah
Appellation Ballard Canyon
Harvest Date October 2017
Aging 22 months

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