Andy Joughin, our Vineyard Manager for many years, was looking for interesting grapes to plant in his small home vineyard in the Los Olivos area of the Santa Ynez Valley. Varieties that would have a niche value and not compete with the more common ones. Andy consulted winemaker Bruce McGuire who recommended several Italian red varietals.

One of these was Primitivo, the primary grape of the Puglia region of Italy. Los Olivos, in the central area of the Santa Ynez Valley, has a climate similar to that of Puglia.

The vineyard is small, less than 10 acres, and each variety is three acres or less. Since Andy's retirement Lafond Vineyard has been managing the vineyard. The small lots that these grapes produce are part of our program of offering special bottlings of limited distibution and of interesting and unusual wines.

Recent DNA analysis has shown that Primitivo and California's Zinfandel are genenetically similar. Zinfandel was, until this discovery, a grape of mystery and its origins were unknown. Primitivo or Zinfandel, the Joughin Vineyard has produced exceptional wines year after year.

Winemaker's comments: Primitivo is genetically Zinfndel which originally came from Croatia where it is known as Tribidaag. In my experience, Primitivo berries are thicker hence more weather resistant, however the flavors are similar. The 2015 Primitivo is from a very small crop; 2.8 tons were harvested from 2.4 acres (1.16 tons/acre) giving the wine a rich, concentrated, bramble berry and black pepper finish.

Gold Medal 2019 Orange County Wine Competition- 90 points

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2015 Primitivo Joughin Vineyard

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    100% Joughin Vineyard Primitivo

    AVA: Santa Ynez Valley


    September 12, 2015
    Sugar: 25.4 Brix



    April 5, 2017

    Alcohol 14.9%
    Total Acid: .67
    pH: 3.41



    8 barrel lot

    25% New French Oak

    One French Oak and one American Oak


    Production: 237 cases

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