The Sta. Rita Hills is a small appellation at the western end of the Santa Ynez Valley that has gained national recognition for its Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Syrah.
The Valley runs west to east permitting the late afternoon ocean fog to roll into the Sta. 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 spring when frost is our biggest concern a layer of fog over the vineyard can provide protection. In the summer the fog moderates the normally warm days of the valley, cooling the grapes at night. Warm days and cool nights are what gives our Sta. Rita Hills Syrah its spicey rich complex flavors.
Our grapes are picked at night so that when they are processed in the morning the temperature in the fermenters can be quickly dropped allowing the maximum extraction of flavor.
Winemaker Comments: The 2016 Lafond Syrah was made from a selection of the best barrels from Lafond Vineyard from three different blocks on both sides of the Santa Ynez River. 50 percent of this wine always includes our old vine block of Chenin Blanc roots from 1972 that we grafted Syrah onto in the 90's. Overtly cool climate with lavendar, camphor, and white pepper overlaying dark brambly fruit.
Tasting Notes: The 2016 Lafond Vineyard Syrah is a plum color with crimson at the edges. A beautiful bouquet of boysenberry and lavender jumps out of the glass. Strong pepper notes are followed by blackberry and mild leather. Full-bodied with nice acidity, drink alongside braised pork, venison, and blue cheese.
Gold Medal SF Chronicle Wine Comp 2020
Wine Enthusiast- 91 points
2016 Syrah - Lafond Vineyard
100% Lafond Vineyard Syrah
AVA: Sta. Rita Hills
September 30 & October 5, 2016
Sugar: 24.2-26.1 Brix
February 20, 2018
Total Acid: .69
6 barrel lot, 1/3 new French oak
Production: 144 cases
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