Monthly Archive for October, 2011

Lafond Vineyard SRH Riesling – New Release

We have released a new wine under the SRH imprint. A Riesling, partially fermented in barrels, and dry. The grapes are 100% from our Lafond Vineyard from grapes planted 38 years ago.

The Santa Rita Hills has an ideal climate for Riesling but is little grown here. The wine has an incredible nose, a very nice balance and goes well with many foods.
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Suggested Retail: 20.00
To Order: Lafond Winery

Harvest Continues

We have finished picking the Pinot Noir and Chardonnay but there are still many grapes to come. Every so often they have to take a day off  to press and fill barrels. The barrel cleaner is in the foreground and the press, barely visible, in the background.

New Release Santa Barbara Winery 2009 Primitivo

Looking for interesting grapes to plant in his Santa Ynez Valley vineyard, Mr. Andrew Joughin purchased the cuttings for this wine from vines originating in Italy. Primitivo is well known as the primary wine from the Puglia region of Italy where it was widely planted starting in the 1850’s.

Interestingly, recent genetic research has confirmed that Primitivo is identical to Zinfandel. Because of the similarities of climate in his Los Olivos area vineyard and the Puglia region, Mr. Joughin thought this would be an interesting selection as well as a very good food wine. In 2008 no Primitivo was produced due to frost, making 2009 the eighth Primitivo crop from Mr.Joughin’s vineyard, with yields filling about 14 barrels.

It considered a moderate sized crop with a very even growing season. “As Andy’s vineyard gains maturity, I am seeing increasing complexity and depth in the finished wine” notes winemaker Bruce McGuire. Small loose clusters in 2009 led to an intensely concentrated wine.

This is a terrific wine to experiment with a wide range of flavors and cheeses, we feel the list of food pairings is rather large with this concentrated Primitivo tilting things to bigger, richerflavors and grilled meats. In the bottle, this wine will continue to evolve through 2012.

Suggested Retail: 28.00/750ml
To Order:  Santa Barbara Winery

Night Picking Slideshow by David Lafond

Vintners’ Festival Open House Slideshow at Lafond Winery Oct. 9