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 2013 Santa Rita Hills Grenache combines bramble fruit with cool climate spice. We were impressed enough to plant an additional two acres to the Rayas Clone of Grenache. I am looking forward to added complexity.
Suggested retail: 28.00
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Dates: October 24 2013
Sugar: 25.7 Degrees Brix
Santa Rita Hills
20% new oak
Residual Sugar: Dry
Bottling: March 11, 2015
Produced: 436 cases