Larner Vineyard Santa Ynez Valley, CA
Fill your glass with tyrian blue ink edged with deep sapphire.
Take in the longest breath of creme de cassis and muddled violet leaving a wisp of wild mountain blueberries and dried black tea leaves in a place where smell and taste collide.
At last, bring in your first sip of focused spice box and dark chocolate cherries intermingled with sultry black currant, soft wildflowers and oaked spice to wait in epicurean anguish through the infinite finish for the next sip.
Good wine is all about good grapes.
And good grapes are only fostered by the most specific of rich soils, and not every soil is best for every type of wine.
Imagine a place with ground so beautiful that is was created specifically, almost ordained, to grow the most premium of Syrah grapes.
That place would be called the Ballard Canyon appellation in Santa Ynez.
And of the vineyards in that perfect place, imagine one with undeniable potential for its most prestigious Syrah grapes that Robert Parker himself equated it to the Grand cru vineyards of the old country.
That place would be called Larner Vineyard.
And lastly imagine a masterful winemaker thoughtfully transforming those grapes with the utmost care to not adulterate all of the hard work from decades in the dirt with modern, overpowering and masking winemaking techniques.
Such slow, meticulous and almost reverent labor would taste like the 2012 Syrah.