2016 Hommage a Stevan Larner
Hommage a Stevan Larner was first introduced in 2006 to honor Stevan Larner who planted Larner Vineyard in 1998. 2012 marked the tenth year Mac has purchased fruit from the vineyard and he has brought back Hommage a Stevan Larner to commemorate. Mac will continue to produce this wonderful blend every vintage going forth.
Starts with violet, satsuma, peachwood smoke, and a hint of brown spice. The palate is bright with dragonfruit, jasmine, and sweet tea. The silky and supple mouthfeel will pair well with roast chicken and sausage stuffing.
96 points, Jeb Dunnuck
Another best to date is the 2016 Hommage a Stephen Larner, which is 64% Grenache and 36% Syrah brought up mostly in neutral barrels (15% new), sourced all from the Ballard Canyon region of Santa Barbara County. It offers truly spectacular notes of assorted darker fruits, toasted spices, dried meat, and white pepper. Rounded, medium to full-bodied, and beautifully layered, it reminds me of a great Châteauneuf du Pape. Drink it any time over the coming 8-10 years.
This estate hit a home run with these latest 2016s, and the charming, more supple style of the vintage worked perfectly with the more savory, classic style preferred by McPrice Myers. These are unquestionably the finest wines I’ve tasted from him, and readers should snatch up these wines.