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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 earliest 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 and Grenache to the Sta. Rita Hills.
McGuire blends 60% Syrah and 40% Grenache to create the Lafond Vineyard Syrah/Grenache. Both of these Rhone varietals have thrived in the cool climate of Sta. Rita Hills producing complex, spice driven wine. Grenache blends beautifully with Syrah because they share similar pepper notes and the bright red fruit flavors of the Grenache compliment the darker fruit of the Syrah.
Winemaker's Comments: The Syrah component of this wine is from our oldest block. It was the first Syrah in the Sta. Rita Hills. It was grafted in the mid 90's to Chenin Blanc vines that had been planted in 1972. Overtly cool climate white pepper spice fits seamlessly with our black cherry fruit-forward Grenache.
Tasting Notes: The 2017 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.
2017 Syrah/Grenache - Lafond Vineyard
60% Lafond Vineyard Syrah
40% Lafond Vineyard Grenache
AVA: Sta. Rita Hills
October 18 & 26, 2017
Sugar: 24.7 Brix
August 8, 2019
Total Acid: .69
6 barrel lot
1/3 new French oak
18 months in barrel
Production: 143 cases
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