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SITE Wines, “Larner Vineyard” Red Santa Barbara County, California 2016 (750mL)
With his impressive roster of SITE wines, Jeremy Weintraub can now be said to have established himself as one of the top producers on California’s Central Coast. His “day job” is the winemaker at Adelaida Vineyards in Paso Robles, but with SITE he has devoted his attention to a cherished trio of vineyards. He only sources from three parcels for all the wines in the lineup and they are all top-tier: Stolpman, Bien Nacido, and today’s Larner Vineyard, located in the southern portion of the Ballard Canyon AVA.
The 2016 Larner Vineyard
Red is a blend of 75% Grenache with 20% Syrah and 5% Viognier, the latter
adding some intriguing aromatic lift in the spirit of great Côte-Rôtie. The
Syrah and Viognier were co-fermented and aged together in small French oak
barrels. The Grenache was fermented on its own and aged in larger puncheon
barrels (500 liters). Everything aged for 18 months before being blended
together and bottled. In the glass, the Larner Vineyard is a deep
magenta/garnet extending almost to the rim. The nose is a combination of ripe
fruits and exotic spices including blackberry, mulberry, blueberry compote,
dried rose petal, clove, anise, and lavender. On the palate, it is rich and
ripe while retaining a wet-stone minerality that keeps it light on its feet.
While it is ready to drink almost immediately upon opening, a quick decant
would help coax even more aromas out. You’ll need something hearty to pair
with this wine. We’re thinking cassoulet or a lamb tagine.
- CountryUnited States
- RegionSanta Barbara County, California
- Sub-RegionBallard Canyon, Santa Ynez Valley
- SoilSandy Shale
- FarmingOrganic Practices
- BlendGrenache 75%, Syrah 20%, Viognier 5%
- OakFrench Barriques & Puncheons
- Temp.Serve at 60° F
- GlasswareBordeaux Stem
- Decanting30 Minutes
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