2018 Syrah, Larner Vineyard

2018 Syrah, Larner Vineyard

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"The 2018 Syrah Larner Vineyard is another Ballard Canyon release, this one coming from a site in the middle to lower part of the valley. It has a classic nose of ripe blackberries, saddle leather, ground pepper, iron, and violets. This carries to a medium to full-bodied, pure, seamless Syrah that has no hard edges and delivers thrilling tannins as well as a great, great finish. It's one of the standouts in this stacked lineup. Count me impressed." - Jeb Dunnuck

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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.

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.  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.  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-two months prior to being racked from barrel and bottled in late August of 2020.

Production:  91 cases made

Bottle Aging:  Enjoy now or age up to 8 years

Retail Price:  $55 per bottle / Wine Club Price: $44 per bottle

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Wine Specs

Vintage 2018
Varietal Syrah
Appellation Ballard Canyon
Harvest Date October 2017
Aging 22 months

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