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2017 Syrah/Grenache

2017 Syrah/Grenache
Lafond Vineyard

Sustainability in Practice 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: 441017
Wine Specs
Vineyard Designation
Sta. Rita Hills
Harvest Date
October 18 & 26, 2017
24.7 Brix
Bottling Date
August 8, 2019
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Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
The 2017 Lafond Vineyard Syrah/Grenache blend is a solid maroon color. Aromas of dried strawberry, violet, and plum sauce fill the glass. Grilled plum, cracked green pepper and black olive coat the tongue. Drink this medium-bodied red wine alongside pizza with cured meats, BBQ beef, and aged cheddar cheese.
Vineyard Notes
60% Lafond Vineyard Syrah 40% Lafond Vineyard Grenache
Production Notes
6 barrel lot 1/3 new French oak 18 months in barrel Production: 143 cases
Winemaker Notes
The Syrah component of this wine is from our oldest block. It was the first Syrah in the Sta. Rita Hills. It was grafted in the mid 90's to Chenin Blanc vines that had been planted in 1972. Overtly cool climate white pepper spice fits seamlessly with our black cherry fruit-forward Grenache.

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