Daily Archive for March 27th, 2010

Growth in the Vineyard 3/26/10

Click images to enlarge. The first photo shows the Pinot Noir’s rapid development. Many of the buds have two clusters which is always an encouraging indication for the size of the crop but we need to get past the frost season and flowering before we can celebrate.

The second photo is the inside of a growth tube. This is a vine that was planted last Spring and has been cut back to two buds, this year it will grow rapidly and will produce the following year.
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New Release from Lafond Winery – Lafond Vineyard 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 intrigued Bruce and Pierre for they thought it had 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. Grenache lots included parallel shoot positioning that highlights succulent fruit.

The blend of these two grapes yields a very pleasing full-bodied wine that invites paring with a wide variety of foods. The wine should be fully integrated in 2011 to 2012.
Suggested Retail: 38.00/750ml
To Order: Lafond Winery & Vineyards