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Santa Rita Hills
Lafond Vineyard
2009 Pinot Noir Clone 777
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.

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 summer the fog moderates the normally warm days of the valley, cooling the grapes at night. Warm days and cool nights are essential to the developement of Pinot Noir providing the necessary acid/sugar balance. In the winter when frost is our biggest concern. A layer of fog over the vineyard can provide protection.

We have over 75 acres of Pinot Noir in our own vineyards. Not only do soils vary from block to block but there are 8 different clones of just this variety. The whole permits Winemaker, Bruce McGuire, to create well balanced wines from many different components.

Winemaker's comment: The Lafond Vineyard Terroir produces a Pinot Noir that is both dark and rich. Clone 777 accentuates and compliments these qualities with an emphasis in aroma and a fruit forward quality. 2009 was an excellent growing season which magnified the sometimes subtle qualities of this clone.

Suggested Retail Price: 48.00
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2009 Lafond Vineyard Clone 777 48.00
HARVEST
Dates: Sept. 8,16, 2009
Sugar: 24.8-25.4 Brix

VINEYARDS
100% Lafond Vineyard
Santa Rita Hills

WINE
8 Burgundy Barrels
25% new oak
Total Acid: .66
pH: 3.57
Alcohol: 15.1%
Sugar: Dry
Bottled: July 8, 2010

Production: 192 Cases