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- Public Release Date: March 2022
Region: Ballard Cyn. AVA, Santa Barbara, CA
Bottle Size: 750ml
A Larner Vineyard designate Syrah. From one of Ballard Canyon AVA’s best known sites and a favorite of local legend winemaker Seth Kunin. This wine is dedicated to his memory.
Ballard Canyon AVA is situated midway through the transverse Santa Ynez Valley, and is considered by many as the ideal zone for Syrah and other Rhone varieties due to its moderate climate. This wine is 100% Estrella clone Syrah, another preference of Seth’s and rightfully so as it generally tends to display the classical components of Syrah: dark color, depth and complexity, savory, spicy and meaty notes and a deep core of blackberry and blueberry fruit.
We kept the fermentation simple, destemming fully so as to express this wine in it’s simplest, purest form, although it was aged in 25% once used Stockinger Austrian Oak barrel, contributing fresh tannin and a unique spice which we feel works nicely in Syrah. Being only lightly toasted and the remaining 75% oak being neutral French barrels, toasty oak notes are practically imperceptible, with just a touch of buttery mocha on the finish.
New Release TN’s:
Date Tasted: December, 2021
Color: Dark Maroon.
Nose: Classic Syrah blackberry, charcuterie, Szechuan peppercorn, blood orange zest, marzipan, cedary spice
Mouth: Good acidity/sweetness, juicy integrated tannin, Ballard Canyon floral and spice notes, subtle buttery mocha.
- Minimal to no decanting necessary.
- Best enjoyed with medium rare rack of lamb, charred Hanger steak, pasta al tartufo Piemontese
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