Lafond Vineyard, Santa Rita Hills
The Santa 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's comment: Our 2014 Grenache from the Santa Rita Hills is a cool climate version of this varietal. Like Syrah the flavors shift from jammier, in warmer areas, to spicey and bright red color in cooler areas.
Grenache is the most widely planted red grape in the world and only a limited amount in the Santa Rita Hills.
Suggested retail: 28.00
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Dates: October 9-14, 2014
Sugar: 25.6 Degrees Brix
Santa Rita Hills
8 - 130 gal. Puncheons
15 months in barrel
Residual Sugar: Dry
Bottling: March 17, 2016
Produced: 390 cases