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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 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
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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