After three decades of wine growing in the Sta. Rita Hills of the western Santa Ynez Valley, Pierre Lafond and winemaker Bruce McGuire are still experimenting with unconventional grape varieties in our cool climate growing region.
The knowledge gained since the first planting of six varieties in 1972 (one of the early vineyards in Santa Barbara County) has led to a focused approach in which varietals are sought out according to Bruce's hypothesis on a grape's potential to exhibit unique character when grown in our area.
This pioneering has paid off with great success such as the introduction of Syrah to the Sta. Rita Hills. Grenache has the same potential as Syrah to show off spicy character expressed in a different way than the white pepper spice found in our cool climate Syrah.
The 2.25 acre planting has paid off in a distinctly bright Grenache exhibiting a hint of black pepper with cinnamon spice and dark red fruit flavors with a whisper of menthol. Three separate Syrah lots showcase the overt cool climate Syrah character.
Winemaker's Comments: The 2016 Syrah/Grenache reflects being in the middle of a seven year drought. The vines had a small canopy, small clusters, and an early crop. The high tone juicy red fruit from the Grenache contributes greatly to the spicy concentrated dark blackberry from the Syrah.
Gold Medal 2019 Central Coast Wine Competition
Double Gold Medal 2019 Tasters Guild International Wine Judging
2016 Syrah/Grenache Lafond Vineyard
60% Lafond Vineyard Syrah
40% Lafond Vineyard Grenache
AVA: Sta. Rita Hills
October 5, 2016
Sugar: 24.7 - 25.1
March 21, 2018
Total Acid: .67
Six barrel lot, 1/3 new French oak
Production: 143 cases
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