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. 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 winter when frost is our biggest concern, a layer of fog over the vineyard can provide protection.
We have over 75 acres of Pinot Noir in our own vineyards. Not only do soils vary from block to block but there are eight different clones of just this variety. This permits our Winemaker, Bruce McGuire, to create well balanced wines from many different components..
Winemaker Comments: 39% Pommard, 23.5% clone 777, 23.5% Martin Ray, and 14% 115. Each year the blend is based on which clones generate the most intersting lots and are blended to showcase the vintage.
Tasting Notes: The 2016 Lafond Vineyard Pinot Noir is a deep ruby color with violet undertones. Aromas of ripe strawberry, smashed bluefruit, and mild cedar fill the glass. Delicate fruit flavors of strawberry and cherry are followed by rich earth tones of potting soil and mushrooms. Pair this smooth, light-bodied red with mushroom risotto, duck confit, or goat cheese and dried fruit.
Best of Class and Gold Medal 2019 Los Angeles International Wine Competition
Wine Enthusiast- 90 points
2016 Pinot Noir - Lafond Vineyard
100% Lafond Vineyard Pinot Noir
AVA: Sta. Rita Hills
September 4 - 15, 2016
Sugar: 24.4 - 26.1 Brix
April 24, 2018
Total Acid: .68
Eight barrel lot, 35% new French oak
Production: 209 cases
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