2013 Site Wines "Larner Vineyard" Grenache Ballard Canyon Santa Barbara

SKU #1344983 94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The inky colored 2013 Grenache from the Larner Vineyard incorporates 20% Syrah and saw a touch of whole clusters in the fermentation. As is normal here, Jeremy aged the Grenache in neutral barrels and the Syrah in new barrels. Notes of blueberry, blackberry, smoked earth, cured meats and truffle all emerge from this full-bodied, rich, gorgeously textured and layered Grenache. It has fine, polished tannin, notable purity and freshness and will drink well for 7-8 years. I continue to be blown away by these wines from winemaker Jeremy Weintraub, who's also the winemaker for Adelaida in Paso Robles. Focusing on Rhone varieties, mostly from Ballard Canyon, the wines see a small amount of whole clusters, with the Grenache always aged in neutral puncheons and the Syrah mostly in new barrels. These are pure, balanced reds that possess top notch varietal character. (JD)  (8/2016)

91 points Vinous

 Ruby-red with a bright rim. Fresh, spicy scents of raspberry, candied rose and exotic blood orange. Shows a darker profile on the palate, offering juicy blackberry and bitter cherry flavors that flesh out and become sweeter with air. Supple tannins give shape to the long, sappy finish.  (9/2015)

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Staff Image By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/23/2018 | Send Email
To anyone that knows me it should come as little surprise that this is one of my favorite wines of 2018 so far. I'm just a little bit in love with California Grenache and this stunner from Larner vineyard is one of the most explosive and seductive you'll find. The Site wines are a side project for up and coming superstar winemaker Jeremy Winetraub (whose day jobs is being the winemaker at Adelaida). I truly think the Site wines rival some of the most expensive cult wines of the region such as Sine Que Non and Saxum. In fact this exact parcel of biodynamically grown Grenache from Larner vineyard is the same historical source that produced many of SQN's highly decorated Grenache based wines over the past years. The wine is powerful and lavishly exotic. Deep, spicy red-black fruit, raspberry preserve, clove, star anise, crushed rock and floral tones fill the nose. The palate is full bodied, saturated and silky smooth with layer upon layer of ripe tannins and plush fruit. A very hedonistic experience from arguably the best planting of this varietal in the country, beautifully choreographed by Jeremy. This should not be missed especially at our winery direct pricing.
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Staff Image By: Thomas Smith | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/5/2018 | Send Email
This is a wine that Grenache drinkers absolutely need to check out. Actually, this is a wine for anyone that loves dark, rich, fruit-forward wines. At times, with its thin skins, Grenache can turn out light and flimsy, but with enough extraction and great fruit sources, it can be deftly powerful while still maintaining balance. The Site Wines Grenache is definitely in the later category, with rich, black berry and black cherry fruits delivered on silky tannins. This is definitely closer kin to Priorat than the Southern Rhone and is easily the best California Grenache I've had in the last year.

Staff Image By: Christina Stanley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/2/2018 | Send Email
Larner Vineyard is home to some of the finest Grenache in California, and in this 2013 Site Wines bottling, we are fortunate enough to experience it. Jeremy Winetraub, winemaker for Adelaida, started Site Wines as his passion project, and this wine is certain to inspire passion in any who imbibes. Nearly black in color, with hints of magenta, the wine is very extracted and full bodied, yet perfectly in balance. Bright acidity, effusive minerality, and firm, sandy tannins act as counterpoint to the opulent, full bodied palate. Complex aromas and flavors unfold and evolve in the glass, both intensely floral and ripe fruited, but with gamey, almost smoky undertones. This is a wine with exceptional quality and power, that could arguably stand up to wines ten times the price.

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Varietal:

Grenache

- Fat, ripe and rich with ample fruit and vibrant acidity, wines made from Grenache are easy to love. While its origins are still under dispute - some suggest Spain, where it is called Garnacha, while others say it came first from Sardinia, where it is called Cannonau - it is inarguably one of the most planted varietals in the world. A hearty grape, Grenache does well in hot, dry regions and its sturdy stalk also makes it well-suited to withstand blustery conditions like the Provençal Mistral. It ripens at relatively high sugar levels, which translates to higher potential alcohol in the wines it produces. Grenache may be most famous in the Southern Rhône areas such as Châteauneuf-du-Pape and Gigondas where it has long been an important component of delicious blends. But it's also the source of the crisp rosés from Tavel, Lirac and Provence, and age-worthy vins doux naturels like Rivsaltes and Banyuls. Grenache is also found in large swaths of northeastern Spain, in Navarre, in Rioja, where it plays a supporting role in blends with Tempranillo, and in the distinctive wines of Priorat. The grape was once the most widely planted varietal in Australia, though Shiraz and Cabernet have overtaken it. In California, Grenache plantings have dwindled from their heyday in the San Joaquin Valley, but it is starting to see a resurgence, albeit in smaller plantings, where other Rhône varietals thrive.
Country:

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world.
Sub-Region:

California

- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year.
Specific Appellation:

Santa Maria/Santa Barbara

- Santa Maria and Santa Ynez make up the two AVAs of Santa Barbara County, an area known for its natural beauty and temperate climate. The best grape-growing areas, however, are located on the very coastal reaches of these two appellations, and are cooled by ever-present fog and ocean breezes (it is even cooler and foggier here than Carneros!). As expected, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir thrive while the more inland zones lay claim to Bordeaux varietals and some Rhône blends.