Santa Rita Hills
2012 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: The core of this wine continues to be our block of grafted Syrah. In the early 90s we started grafting Syrah on our Chenin Blanc vines that were part of the original planting in 1972. The 40 year old root system gives us the most cool climate character of white pepper with a touch of camphor.
Gold Medal 2015 Critics Challennge
Gold Medal 2016 San Diego Wine Challenge
Gold Medal 2016 Orange County Commercial Wine Competition
Suggested Retail: 40.00
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