Santa Rita Hills - Lafond Vineyard
2015 SRH Riesling
Rising in the middle of the western Santa Ynez Valley, the Santa Rita Hills are the distinguishing feature of our AVA, home of Lafond Vineyard and a wonderful area to grow Riesling.
The long, very cool growing season of this area is exemplified by February bud break and September harvest, a long period for vine physiology that creates wines of intense concentration and balanced acidity.
Riesling's allure over that of other white wine is the necessary precision and attention to detail that goes into making this wonderfully versatille noble grape maintain its racy acidity and interestingly complex flavor profile.
In Alsace and Austria Riesling is traditionally made into a very dry wine. Winemaker Bruce McGuire has experimented over the years with different levels of sweetness, measured by residual sugar, from dry to late harvest style.
Lafond Vineyard is home to about 15 acres of Riesling. This dry Santa Rita Hills designated bottling comes from an old block which gives the wine great depth and concentration.
Winemaker's comments: This Dry Riesling is from Pierre's original planting in 1972. The 43 year old vines are producing a small crop of very concentrated fruit.
The wine is crisp with firm acidity and a dense core of luscious stone fruit. The wine is aged 'sur lie' with regular 'batonnage' to build even more texture and length.
Suggested Retail Price: 20.00
Gold Medal 2017 Sommelier Challenge
Gold Medal LA Internationasl Wine Competition
91 Points Wine Enthusiast
Gold Medal 2018 Winemaker's Challenge
Gold Medal 2018 Orange County Commercial Wine Competition
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Statistics | Bottle | Label | Open Bottle+glass
Sept. 11-17, 2015
Sugar: 23.4 Brix
Santa Rita Hills
Stainless Steel fermented
Total Acid: .73
Bottling Date: July 28, 2016
Production: 191 Cases