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2020 Syrah/Grenache

2020 Syrah/Grenache
Lafond Vineyard

SIP Certified Wine

After three decades of wine growing in the Sta. 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 earliest 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 and Grenache to the Sta. Rita Hills.

McGuire blends 60% Syrah and 40% Grenache to create the Lafond Vineyard Syrah/Grenache. Both of these Rhone varietals have thrived in the cool climate of Sta. Rita Hills producing complex, spice driven wine. Grenache blends beautifully with Syrah because they share similar pepper notes and the bright red fruit flavors of the Grenache compliment the darker fruit of the Syrah.

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SKU: 441020
Wine Specs
Vineyard Designation
Sta. Rita Hills
Harvest Date
October 12, 22, 2020
24.7 Brix
9 barrels used, 22% new french oak
Bottling Date
July 29, 2022
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Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
The 2020 Lafond Vineyard Syrah/Grenache blend has aromas of black licorice, black pepper, cherry and baking spice. The entry is rich, full and scintillating. The palate is mouthwatering and smooth with a hint of chocolate. The finish is voluptuous with soft, velvety tannins.
Vineyard Notes
100% Lafond Vineyard
Production Notes
220 cases produced
Winemaker Notes
The Syrah component is from vines planted in 1972 as Chenin Blanc. We grafted Syrah onto the root system in the mid 90's. This wine is overtly cool climate Syrah with spicy white pepper, camphor aromas on top of dense bramble berry fruit. The Grenache was planted in 1998 and is all about forward red fruit with a black pepper finish.