Santa Rita Hills
2012 Pinot Noir Martin Ray Clone
Nestled in the Santa Rita Hills of the western Santa Ynez Valley, Lafond Vineyard is ideally situated to produce Pinot Noir exhibiting the unique and exotic flavor profile one finds in only a few regions of the world.
Specific areas within our vineyard exhibit elevated concentration and complexity due to soil type and exposure to the elements. We have planted eight distinct clones of Pinot Noir, each with subtle differences in flavor and aroma.
After several years of working with the eight Pinot Noir clones planted in Lafond Vineyard, Bruce has become very familiar with the attributes of each particular clone and uses them accordingly in each of the Pinot Noirs he makes.
The Martin Ray Clone was planted in 1982. Considered an 'old school' clone planted by Martin Ray, one of the first proponents of Pinot Noir, in the 1950s near Saratoga. It has been the source of great Pinot Noirs for the last 65 years.
Winemaker's comments: Planted in 1982, this 30 year old block was the the first varietal that I requested be planted in the existing Lafond Vineyard. I sourced the wood from the Sanford+Benedict Vineyard.
Michael Benedict refers to this clone as Martin Ray, whereas Richard Sanford calls it Mount Eden. Regardless of their differences it is a classic old school Pinot Noir Clone consistently producing one of the top Pinot Noirs of the vintage.
Gold Medal 2016 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
Gold Medal 90 Points 2016 Critics Challenge
Gold Medal 2016 Los Angeles International Wine Competition
Gold Medal 2016 Orange County Commercial Wine Competition
Suggested Retail Price: 50.00
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Sugar: 23.9 Brix
Barrels: 8 French Oak
Total Acid: .68
Bottled: August 19, 2013
Production: 187 Cases