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Tercero 2008 Syrah Santa Ynez Valley Larner Vineyard


There’s something about Larner Vineyard Syrah that turns me on every time I taste it, and there are many incredible versions by very talented winemakers who buy Michael Larner’s grapes annually. That includes Tercero owner and winemaker Larry Schaffer, who makes this delightful Syrah. This deeply hued purple wine is beautifully balanced with ripe notes of blackberries and juicy plums, all nicely woven with notes of smoky meat, spice, and blueberries. It’s so smooth, it’s absolutely irresistible once you’ve poured yourself a glass. Pair this with something really special like slow-roasted pork, rack of lamb, or grilled New York steak. It’s well worth ordering online at, or pick some up if you’re near the Los Olivos tasting room—only $30 retail for this lovely, impressive Syrah.


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