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The Lafond Vineyard Syrah uses a special blend of grapes created by winemaker Bruce McGuire that always includes at least 50% fruit from old vines planted in 1972. The Syrah from the Lafond Vineyard’s old vine block produces fruit with complex spice and floral notes. This Syrah is an honest and delicious reflection of the past and present.
This wine showcases the ancient marine soils and the cool coastal climate representing the best of Sta. Rita Hills.
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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