Daily Archive for January 24th, 2010

Lafond Winery New Release SRH 2008 Syrah

The ‘SRH’ designation on the Lafond label signals Winemaker Bruce McGuire’s intent to blend a selection of vineyards located in the Santa Rita Hills AVA (American Viticultural Area).

Located in the western end of the Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Rita Hills is a cool climate region where grapes benefit from a very long growing season.

Syrah plantings in this region have a pronouced white pepper and lavendar aromatic profile compared to Syrah planted in the Santa Ynez Valley, the warmer inland area in Santa Barbara County.

Syrah yields were down for the third consecutive year. The wine shows the beginnings of a big bodied Syrah needing time to integrate in the bottle to show off concentrated fruit and intense flavors.

This wine represents Bruce’s selection from seventeen vineyard lots and multiple Syrah clones. Forward cool climate character is evident in this multivineyard blend of Syrah.

The wine was aged for nine months in 60 gallon French and Hungarian oak barrels, and then bottled. It is noted for its abundant dark berry aromatics, white pepper spice notes, and firm tannins. One of our favorite wines for pairing with hearty fare and grilled foods, this wine is also fun to match

Suggested Retail: 23.00/750ml
T Order: Lafond Winery & Vineyards