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Santa Rita Hills - Lafond Vineyard

2011 Syrah / Grenache
After three decades of wine growing in the Santa 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 early 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 to the Santa Rita Hills. Grenache has the same potential as Syrah to show off spicy character expressed in a different way than the white pepper spice found in our cool climate Syrah.

The 2.25 acre planting has paid off in a distinctly bright Grenache exhibiting a hint of black pepper with cinnamon spice and dark red fruit flavors with a whisper of menthol. Three separate Syrah lots showcase the overt cool climate Syrah character.

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 Price: 38.00

2011 Syrah/Grenache 38.00

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Dates: Nov. 3-10, 2011
Sugar: 24.6-27.6 Brix

100% Lafond Vineyards,
Santa Rita Hills AVA
60% Syrah
40% Grenache

Barrels: 10 Burgundy barrels
30% new French oak
Total Acid: .66
pH: 3.39
Alcohol: 14.7
Sugar: Dry

Bottled: June 18, 2013
Production: 242 Cases