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Santa Rita Hills - Lafond Vineyard

2014 Syrah/Grenache
After three decades of wine growing in the Santa Rita Hills of the western Santa Ynez Valley, Pierre Lafond and winemaker Bruce McGuire are still experimenting with unconventional grape varieties in our cool climate growing region.

The knowledge gained since the first planting of six varieties in 1972 (one of the early vineyards in Santa Barbara County) has led to a focused approach in which varietals are sought out according to Bruce's hypothesis on a grape's potential to exhibit unique character when grown in our area.

This pioneering has paid off with great success such as the introduction of Syrah to the Santa Rita Hills. Grenache has the same potential as Syrah to show off spicy character expressed in a different way than the white pepper spice found in our cool climate Syrah.

The 2.25 acre planting has paid off in a distinctly bright Grenache exhibiting a hint of black pepper with cinnamon spice and dark red fruit flavors with a whisper of menthol. Three separate Syrah lots showcase the overt cool climate Syrah character.

Winemaker's comments:
40% of the wine is from our grafted Syrah block. 20 year old Syrah grafted to 42 year old Chenin Blanc vines. This is our best block of Syrah and is the most overtly cool in expression, white pepper, lavender with a hint of camphor.
The other 20% of Syrah comes from the warmest block in the Lafond Vineyards and adds density and weight to the wine. The Grenache is now 14 years old and adds sappy red fruit to the blend.

Gold Medal 2018 Orange County Commercial Wine Competition

Suggested Retail Price: 38.00
2014 Syrah/Grenache 38.00

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Dates: Oct. 3,4,9 2014
Sugar: 25.7 Brix

100% Lafond Vineyards,
Santa Rita Hills AVA
60% Syrah
40% Grenache

Barrels:10 Burgundy barrels
20% new French oak
Total Acid: .
pH: 3.
Alcohol: 14.
Sugar: Dry

February 3, 2016

Production: 2
44 Cases