Santa Rita Hills
2011 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: 2011 was a cool late harvest with berries smaller than normal resulting in a smaller crop. We waited until Novemver for full flavor developement - later than usual.
Because of the cool summer and late picking the wine has full ripeness and spicy cool climate white pepper flavors. It also underwent 50 days of extended maceration (keeping wine and skins together after fermentation) to blend these flavors and tannin together.
Suggested Retail: 40.00
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