Daily Archive for June 17th, 2010

New Release Lafond Winery 2008 SRH Pinot Noir

Rising in the middle of the western Santa Ynez Valley, the Santa Rita Hills are the distinguishing feature of our AVA, home of Lafond Vineyard and a wonderful area to grow Pinot Noir.

The long, very cool growing season of this area is exemplified by February bud break and September harvest, a long period for vine physiology that creates wines of intense concentration and balanced acidity. Winemaker Bruce McGuire chooses very specific sites in the vineyard for each of his Pinot Noir selections.

Several different Pinot Noir clones, some planted as early as 1983, add to the palate of flavor and texture from which to craft each Pinot Noir. In 2008, Bruce chose 8 clones from 15 vineyard lots (the majority from Lafond Vineyard and the nearby Arita Hills Vineyard) picked at ripeness over a four week period.

Frost damage affected yields from Lafond Vineyard, which produced only .7 tons / acre (about a quarter of average), leading to tremendous dark berry fruit concentration. The intensity from this vintage will reward cellaring through 2016, with 2010 being a great year to begin enjoying this wine.

The complexity of flavor found in Pinot Noir from Lafond Vineyard is a wonderful match with savory foods and a classic with grilled salmon or mushrooms.

Suggested Retail: 27.00/750ml
To Order: Lafond Winery