Larner Vineyard is located at the southern edge of Ballard Canyon within Santa Barbara County. Ballard Canyon is a small but renowned grape-growing region just 20 miles from the Pacific Ocean. It’s measurably warmer and less windy than neighboring wine-growing regions in Santa Barbara County, thanks to its north-south orientation within the surrounding hills. Larner Vineyard’s 134-acre estate is planted to 34 acres of vines, all south-facing. The soils here are sandy and exceptionally well-drained, with a deep bed of limestone underneath. The 2014 vintage of Site Larner Vineyard Red is a blend of 90% Syrah and 10% Grenache, each from Larner Vineyard. It offers a nose of raspberries, spices and white pepper. The mouth is full-bodied, with a supple mid-palate and ample tannins and acidity on the finish. Site is managed by Jeremy Weintraub, who is winemaker at Adelaida Cellars in Paso Robles, CA. Before Adelaida, Jeremy was winemaker at Seavey Vineyard, in Napa Valley, and before that he had winemaking and grape-growing stints in Paso Robles, Santa Maria, Central Otago, Martinborough, Tuscany, and on Long Island.