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 67% Grenache with 33% Syrah from Thompson Vineyard to create our Grenache/Syrah. 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.
Winemaker Comments: Thompson Vineyard is an excellent red wine vineyard located in Alisos Canyon, north of Los Alamos. It is well known for Rhone varietals so the opportunity to make a Grenache/Syrah from Thompson Vineyard was too good to pass up.
Tasting Notes: The 2017 Thompson Vineyard Grenache/Syrah blend has aromas of dried strawberry, violet, and plum sauce. Grilled plum, cracked green pepper and black olive coat the tongue. Drink alongside pizza with cure meats, BBQ beef, and aged cheddar cheese.
2017 Grenache/Syrah, Thompson Vineyard
100% Thompson Vineyard
67% Grenache, 33% Syrah
AVA: Santa Barbara County
October 25 & 26, 2017
Sugar: 24.9 Brix
August 6, 2019
Total Acid: .68
6 barrels of Grenache, 3 barrels of Syrah
Production: 232 cases
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