2017 Larner Viognier
Located in Ballard Canyon’s westernmost 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.
VINIFICATION: Fermented with 15% whole cluster in open-top bins. The wine spent 15-20 days on skins with pump-overs during coal soak and punch downs during fermentation. Aged 18 months in 265 and 228-liter barriques and puncheons, 60% new.
TASTING NOTES: Apricot jam, mesquite honey, white currants, honeysuckle, oolong tea, candied orange peel, nutmeg, crystallized ginger, and canele. Rich, oily, and supple with a beam of energy to hold it all together.