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's Comments: Continued drought led to an intense, spicy, dark-fruited wine. White pepper and lavender saturate the palate with a long intense finish. The 2015 Sta. Rita Hills Syrah received extended maceration for persistence of flavor.
2015 Syrah Sta. Rita Hills
64% Lafond Vineyard Syrah
32% Hilltop Ranch Syrah
4% Lafond Vineyard Grenache
AVA: Sta. Rita Hills
September 30 - October 5, 2015
April 4, 2017
Total Acid: .71
32 barrel lot, 18.7% new oak
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