2016 Larner Syrah
Located in Ballard Canyon’s western most area, coastal winds and fog layers combine to produce one of the coolest spots in the entire Santa Ynez Valley. The Larner’s 33 acres are planted to Syrah, Grenache and Viognier in addition to the "Larner Clone" Grenache and Malvasia Bianca.
Fermented with 35% whole clusters in open top bins. The wine spent 15-20 days on skins with pump-overs during cold soak and punch downs during fermentation. Aged 20 months in 265 and 228-liter barriques and puncheons, 45% new.
97 points, Jeb Dunnuck
I always think of Paul Lato’s Syrah from this Ballard Canyon Vineyard as the benchmark, but McPrice’s 2016 Syrah Larner gives it more than a run for its money. Made from 100% Syrah that was 25% destemmed and brought up in 45% new barrels, this brilliant effort boasts a heavenly bouquet of crème de cassis, white pepper, spring flowers, licorice, and toasted spices. With full body, no hard edges, and remarkable purity and elegance, this is unquestionably the finest Syrah from this estate to date. It needs a decant if drinking any time soon and should keep for 8-10 years in cold cellars. Hats off to the team at McPrice Myers.
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.
94 points, Josh Raynolds
Youthful purple. Highly perfumed red and dark berry, cherry preserve and cola scents, along with hints of succulent flowers and incense. Sweet and expansive in the mouth, offering juicy black raspberry, cherry-vanilla, licorice and spicecake flavors that turn livelier on the back half. Plays richness off finesse with a smooth hand and finishes impressively long and sweet, with harmonious tannins coming in late.