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End of Harvest November 3, 2017

end-of-harvest The grapes are all in. It was a good harvest. Leaves are turning gold. It is a great feeling. The image is of our Santa Rosa Road vineyard in the Santa Rita Hills.
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Start of the 2017 Crush – Pinot Noir at Lafond Winery in the Valley

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Wine Club BBQ July 2017

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Winemaker Bruce McGuire, Winery and Vineyard Manager David Lafond, Vineyard tractor driver, Marketing Director Michelle Lafond

Wine Club BBQ July 2017

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Photos by WineClub Member Bob Dickey

Veraison in the Pinot Noir – the onset of ripening – Harvest is nearing

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Winery Entrance

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David and Kim’s Vineyard…Flourishing and it is only May.

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Kim and David Lafond at the Spring Vintners’ Festival

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Photo sent by Mark Banda and Bucyk

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Bucyk promises to return soon. The house cat is well.

Winesellers Ltd. at Lafond Winery

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Our national representatives, Winesellers LTD, which covers all the US States, flew into SB and Buellton for their National Sales Meeting last week. Along with their enthusiasm they brought days of torrential rains. Perhaps not quite what they expected in sunny CA, but we were grateful for the rain! With multiple days of meetings we also enjoyed Bruce’s barrel tastings, a private dinner at the Montecito Wine Bistro and an amazing dinner at Lafond Winery and Vineyards in the barrel room.

Winesellers, our National Representatives, Dinner at the Montecito Wine Bistro

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Open House at Lafond Winery during Vintners’ Festival 10/08/16

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New Release 2013 Lafond Vineyard Pinot Noir Clone 667

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Winemaker’s comments: Clone 667, as grown in our vineyard, is a small berried light cluster. Usually the the lightest cluster weight of all the Pinot Noir clones we grow. The wine is dark, rich and well structured. One of the more tannic clones because of the high skin to juice ratio.

Kim and David Lafond at the Vintners Fall Festival 10/8/16

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New Release: 2012 Lafond Vineyard Pinot Noir

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Winemaker’s Comments: The wine is made up from the best barrels of the vintage.

28.5% Martin Ray Clone, 28.5% Pommard Clone, 14% Clone 113, 14% Clone 115 and 15% Clone 177.

Each year the clonal composition changes as each year the wine from these clones may vary. This year Clone 113, which we had not used in this blend for some time, contributed with its aromatic and red fruit quality to the blend.

Gold Medal 2016 New York International Wine Competition.
Best of Class/Gold Medal 2016 Orange County Commecial Wine Competition Premium Category.

Suggested Retail: 55.00

2012 Lafond Vineyard Pinot Noir 55.00

Night picking at Lafond Vineyards

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Photos by David Lafond

The Crush begins at Santa Barbara Winery with Sauvignon Blanc Grapes

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CVS Regional Managers at Lafond Vineyards

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One year old vines, grown in a nursery, arriving at David and Kim Lafond’s Eagle Nest Vineyard adjacent to the Lafond Vineyard. Vines are carefully selected clones of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.

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