Monthly Archive for April, 2014

New Release from Lafond Winery – 2010 Lafond Vineyard Pinot Noir

2010-lv-pinot-noir-b-g-webWinemaker’s Comments: We selected barrels with wine from 3 different clones. Each clone, 667, 777 and Pommard supplied 1/3 of the total. This, I believe, is our flagship Pinot Noir for the 2010 vintage.

Each vintage is different, what clones will make the top wine varies from year to year. We are fortunate to have 8 clones to select from as well as from multiple blocks with different soil conditions.

Suggested Retail: 55.00
To Order: www.lafond winery.com

New Release 2013 Santa Barbara Winery Rosé of Syrah

2013-rose-of-syrah-bottle-glass-webThe Santa Rita Hills is a small appellation at the western end of the Santa Ynez Valley that has gained national recognition for its Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.

The Valley runs west to east permitting the late afternoon ocean fog to roll into the Santa Rita Hills, where it lingers until early morning. The surrounding hills trap the fog before it is dissipated in the wider Santa Ynez Valley.

In the summer the fog moderates the normally warm days of the valley, cooling the grapes at night. Warm days and cool nights are essential to the developement of Pinot Noir providing the necessary acid/sugar balance.

In the spring when frost is our biggest concern a layer of fog over the vineyard can provide protection.

Winemaker’s Comments: 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. Plum aromas and flavors with some cool climate spice.

Suggested retail: 17.00/750ml
To Order: www.sbwinery.com