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2018 Syrah/Grenache

2018 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 66% Syrah and 34% 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.

  • Wine Enthusiast - 93 points
  • 2022 California State Fair Commercial Wine Competition - Bronze Award 87 points
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SKU: 441018
Wine Specs
Vineyard Designation
Sta. Rita Hills
Harvest Date
November 7, 13, 2018
24.3 Brix
6 Barrel lot, 2 new French Oak
Bottling Date
May 13, 2020
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Tasting Notes
The 2018 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 | 66% Syrah, 34% Grenache
Production Notes
155 cases produced
Winemaker Notes
The Syrah is from our oldest block. Syrah was grafted onto Chenin Blanc that was planted in 1972. This is the first Syrah in the Sta. Rita Hills. The dark, spicy fruit of the Syrah works beautifully with the bright red fruit of the Grenache.

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