2016 Clementine Carter "Larner Vineyard" Ballard Canyon Grenache

SKU #1346714 94 points Vinous

 The 2016 Grenache Larner is wonderfully alive and multi-dimensional in the glass. Rose petal, mint and savory herbs add myriad shades of dimension to this super-expressive Ballard Canyon Syrah. Quite simply, this is a superb effort from Sonja Magdevski. (AG)  (9/2018)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2016 Larner Vineyard Grenache reveals pretty notes of raspberry, Griotte cherry, red plum and flowers. On the palate, its supple attack quickly segues into a somewhat lean, compact wine... (WK)  (4/2018)

K&L Notes

Winemaker's Notes: "Larner vineyard in Ballard Canyon represents excellence in all aspects of farming, family and attention to every detail. A few years ago during harvest I took a photo of the vineyard while checking fruit and the next day Michael Larner asked, "How's the fruit looking?" He is aware of every square inch of his property. The soils are all sand on a protected gentle slope. The fruit is consistently a delight to work with year after year, a true benchmark that creates a wine of piercing identity. 100 cases produced."

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Staff Image By: Heather Vander Wall | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/31/2018 | Send Email
Ballard Canyon is one of the warmer sites in the central coast, so I was surprised at how delicate this Grenache is. The wine has a lighter color, with clean red plum and baking spice on the nose. Medium bodied, with excellent structure and a perfect balance of red fruits, pepper, and savory herbal notes, this wine is quickly becoming a new favorite for me.

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- 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.

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.


- 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.
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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.