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The Lafond Vineyard Chardonnay is crafted from the oldest block of Chardonnay in the Lafond Vineyard. Set in the heart of the temperate Sta. Rita Hills, winemaker Bruce McGuire is able to harvest these vines later in the season to produce rich, concentrated fruit. Mature, deep vines cut through calcium rich soil, adding minerality and texture to the wine.
After fermentation the wine is left on its 'lies', a combination of yeast cells and sediment, periodically stirred, allowed to go through malolactic fermention, racked and bottled almost a year later. The oak barrels, the yeast cells and the sediment all add complexity to the wine.
Winemaker Comments: Our Lafond Chardonnay is produced from our oldest block of Wente clone, consistently the most concentrated and complete. It is the last block we pick. The extra hang time seems to be beneficial to flavor development.
Tasting Notes: The 2017 Lafond Vineyard Chardonnay is a radiant golden color, with silver secondary tones. Aromas of baked yellow apple, orange zest and cream soda fill the glass. Flavors of yellow apple continue along the palate with apricot and restrained oak. This full-bodied Chardonnay pairs well with roasted chicken, pan seared white fish, and creamy vegetable soups.
Double Gold 2019 Toast of the Coast International Wine Competition- 94 pts.
Best of Chardonnay 2019 Toast of the Coast International Wine Competition- 94 pts.
Best of Sta. Rita Hills 2019 Toast of the Coast Intl Wine Comp- 94 pts.
2017 Chardonnay - Lafond Vineyard
100% Lafond Vineyard Chardonnay
AVA: Sta. Rita Hills
October 11, 2017
Sugar: 24.2 Brix
September 4, 2018
Total Acid: .71
100% Barrel Fermented
100% Malolactic Fermentation
6 barrel lot- 2 barrels new oak, 33% French oak
8 months sur lie with regular batonnage
Production: 139 cases
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