Santa Rita Hills
2010 Lafond Vineyard Syrah
The Santa Rita Hills is a small appellation at the western end of the Santa Ynez Valley that has gained national recognition for its Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Syrah.
The Valley runs west to east permitting the late afternoon ocean fog to roll into the Santa Rita Hills, where it lingers until early morning. The surrounding hills trap the fog before it is dissipated in the wider Santa Ynez Valley.
In the spring when frost is our biggest concern a layer of fog over the vineyard can provide protection. In the summer the fog moderates the normally warm days of the valley, cooling the grapes at night. Warm days and cool nights are what gives our Santa Rita Hills Syrah its spicey rich complex flavors.
Our grapes are picked at night so that when they are processed in the morning the temperature in the fermenters can be quickly dropped allowing the maximum extraction of flavor.
Winemaker's Comments: For this 2010 Lafond Vineyard selection 2 blocks were used from the north side of the Santa Ynez River. Half were from a block, originally Chenin Blanc planted in 1972, and grafted to Syrah in the 1980s.
The other half, from probably the warmest part of the vineyard, against a south facing bank. The resulting wine combines the cooler overtones of cracked pepper and lavender with the deeper richer warm flavors.
Gold Medal 2014 LA International Wine Competition
Suggested Retail: 40.00
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Dates: Oct. 22, Nov.8, 2010
Sugar: 24.7 Brix
50% new French Oak
50 day extended maceration
Total Acid: .71
Date Bottled: April 4, 2012
Cases produced: 139