Daily Archive for May 26th, 2010

New Release: Santa Barbara Winery, Santa Rita Hills Rosé of Syrah

When Bruce first identified a section of Hilltop Ranch Vineyard as being particularly well suited to making rosé, we were becoming aware of a reenergized interest in these wines produced in a dry style with serious winemaking techniques.

A dry rose is a prized complement to food and company, particularly well suited for warm summer days outside as an apertif or to accompany a meal.

The 2009 Rose of Syrah is composed of syrah fruit from Hilltop Ranch Vineyard in the Sta. Rita Hills on an adjoining property to Lafond Vineyard.

The grapes were destemmed and hand sorted, followed by an overnight cold soak on the skins prior to pressing for proper color intensity. A cool fermentation took place entirely in stainless steel tanks.

This process preserves the electric color and the bright fruit flavors and aromas nicely balanced by firm acidity courtesy of the cool climate Sta. Rita Hills. A terrific wine with ample weight to enjoy with all but the heartiest of foods.

A simple lunch of cheese, cured meats, olives and bread is a favorite. Enjoy through the winter of 2011.

Suggested retail 15.00/750ml
Production: 206 Cases
To order: Santa Barbara Winery

Lafond Vineyard Burning Creek Pinot Noir

Planted last year the vines were pruned back to 2 buds this spring. The first year is dedicated to growing a strong root system. This year we grow the vine out of the growth tube and train two canes that will be tied to the wire and provide the fruit canes for next year’s harvest.

The whole block is doing well, despite a cool spring, and a majority of the vines are at the stage shown in the photo. Next year’s harvest will be small, both naturally and because we will cut back in order not to stress the vine.

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