The Sta. Rita Hills is a small appellation at the western end of the Santa Ynez Valley that has gained national recognition for its Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.
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 a balanced acid/sugar ratio. In the winter when frost is our biggest concern, a layer of fog over the vineyard can provide protection.
Winemaker Comments: Similar to our cool climate Syrah, our cool climate Sta. Rita Hills Grenache is spicy in comparison to Grenache from the warmer parts of the valley. 2015 was a small crop after the huge crop in 2014. Ripe fruit and excellent depth of flavor carries into a long, spicy finish.
Tasting Notes: The 2015 Grenache is brilliant ruby with red clay undertones. This wine has open aromas of dried red berries, eucalyptus, and mild leather. Ripe flavors of strawberry and raspberry jam, followed by herbal notes of dried oregano complete the palate. This medium-bodied red pairs great with chicken, pork, and roasted vegetables.
2015 Grenache - Lafond Vineyard
100% Lafond Vineyard Grenache
AVA: Sta. Rita Hills
September 25, 2015
Sugar: 25.2 Brix
April 5, 2017
Total Acid: .72
18 barrel lot, 16% new barrels
17 months in barrel
Production: 454 cases
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