The 2014 Grenache Larner Vineyard, which incorporates 20% Syrah, comes from the sandy, limestone soils of one of the top sites in Ballard Canyon. Notes of smoke, liquid blackberry, crushed rock and ground herbs all emerge from this 2014, which is full-bodied, deep, rich, tannic and concentrated. Give it 2-3 years of cellaring and drink through 2024. The Grenache was aged 20 months in neutral barrels, and the Syrah spent 20 months in puncheons. I continue to be blown away by these wines from winemaker Jeremy Weintraub, who's also the winemaker for Adelaida in Paso Robles. Focusing on Rhone varieties, mostly from Ballard Canyon, the wines see a small amount of whole clusters, with the Grenache always aged in neutral puncheons and the Syrah mostly in new barrels. These are pure, balanced reds that possess top notch varietal character. (JD)
Dark and thick in the glass, this bottling shows concentrated black cherry and blackberry aromas alongside baking spice, cocoa, vanilla and roasted meat scents. There is zesty acidity and strong structure throughout the sip, which offers floral touches of rose petal and carnation and prominent oak elements. (MK)
Brilliant ruby-red. Highly perfumed aromas of ripe red fruits and candied flowers develop a smoky mineral overtone in the glass. Stains the palate with juicy raspberry, cherry and lavender pastille flavors that stretch out and deepen with air. Sappy and seamless in texture, finishing on a sexy floral note, with impressive clarity and supple tannins coming in late. (JR)
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