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 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.


Tasting Notes: The 2016 Lafond Vineyard Syrah/Grenache blend is a solid maroon color. Aromas of dried strawberry, violet, and plum sauce fill the glass. Grilled plum, cracked green pepper and black olive coat the tongue. Drink this medium-bodied red wine alongside pizza with cured meats, BBQ beef, and aged cheddar cheese.


Gold Medal 2019 Central Coast Wine Competition

Double Gold Medal 2019 Tasters Guild International Wine Judging

Silver Medal San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition 2020

2016 Syrah/Grenache - Lafond Vineyard

SKU: 441015
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    60% Lafond Vineyard Syrah

    40% Lafond Vineyard Grenache

    AVA: Sta. Rita Hills



    October 5, 2016
    Sugar: 24.7 - 25.1


    March 21, 2018

    Alcohol: 14.9%

    Total Acid: .67

    pH: 3.34


    Six barrel lot, 1/3 new French oak

    Production: 143 cases

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