Monthly Archive for December, 2013

Last Day of Pressing

These are the last grapes to be pressed. They have undergone extended maceration (skin and wine contact) for 55 days. Two tanks were pressed both of Grenache. When we stem Grenache the grapes come out like marbles. They are thick skinned and do not crush easily.

As a result they are made to order for extended maceration and much of the fermentation occurs within the grape imparting a very unique flavor. The longer skin contact allows the wine to extract more color. Tasting the wine off the press makes us aware of how complex and dark this wine will be.


12.16.13-Pierre-Biil-crew-color-1978One of our first harvests at Lafond Vineyards. Pierre and Vineyard Manager Bill Collins talking to crew.


12.14.13--pascale-beale-2A cooking demonstration by Pascale Beale, the author of four seasonal cookbooks, introducing her new cookbook ‘Salade’. Pascale’s demonstrations are always popular and her books are particularly suited to our climate and our increasing awareness for where our food comes from. Her dishes are wonderful companions to our wines.

Late Harvest Riesling December 10, 2013

Photos bt David Lafond

Post Harvest

2013-harvest-35Although harvest ended several weeks ago there are still tanks to press. These are wines that have gone through extended maceration, keeping the fermented wine in contact with the skins, until Bruce determines that the flavors have moved where he wants them.


2013-harvest-37After pressing, the wine needs to go in barrels. Carlos is tightening the hoops on a barrel and while filling another appears to be nourishing himself. All for a good cause.

New Release – 2011 Santa Barbara Winery Primitivo

Joughin Vineyard 2011 Primitivo

2011-primitivo-b+cs-web Andy Joughin, our Vineyard Manager for many years, was looking for interesting grapes to plant in his small home vineyard in the Los Olivos area of the Santa Ynez Valley. Varieties that would have a niche value and not compete with the more common ones. Andy consulted winemaker Bruce McGuire who recommended several Italian red varietals.

One of these was Primitivo, the primary grape of the Puglia region of Italy. Los Olivos, in the central area of the Santa Ynez Valley, has a climate similar to that of Puglia.

The vineyard is small, less than 10 acres, and each variety is three acres or less. Since Andy’s retirement Lafond Vineyards has been managing the vineyard. The small lots, that these grapes produce, are part of our program of offering special bottlings, of limited distibution, of interesting and unusual wines.

Recent DNA analysis has shown that Primitivo and California’s Zinfandel are genenetically similar. Zinfandel was, until this discovery, a grape of mystery, and its origins unknown. Primitivo or Zinfandel, the Joughin Vineyard has produced exceptional wines year after year.

Winemaker’s comments: 2011 was a small concentrated vintage due to poor fruit set in the spring. This is the 11th crop from the Joughin Vineyard, as vines become more mature the level of concentation and depth increases.
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