Wine Description & Statistics
Lafond Vineyards Santa Ynez Valley
2002 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
click image to close window The low vigor area of our 30-year-old self-rooted vines is the tiny area Winemaker Bruce McGuire earmarks for his Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon. Relying on a combination of well drained sandy soil and warm late summer weather, Bruce was able to harvest select sections of the vineyard for ripe fruit showing fully developed Cabernet flavors. An oddity in an area considered too cold for growing Cabernet Sauvignon, ours was the only patch of this variety in the Santa Rita Hills.

Sadly, this is the last vintage of our Cabernet Reserve as the health of the vines finally declined to the point where it was no longer fesible to keep nursing them along. The cool climate yields a multitude of classic Cabernet flavors with soft tannins and firm acidity. A thirty-four day maceration of the skins further integrates tannins into the structure of the wine. Bruce then aged a nine barrel assortment of French, Hungarian and American oak (44% new barrels) for 15 months to add to the complexity of the finished wine.
The supple structure of our Reserve Cabernet invites near term drinking with savory food such as hearty risotto or lamb.

Suggested retail 36.00/750ml
Production: 196 Cases

Dates: November 5, 2000
Vineyard: 100% Lafond Vineyard,
located in the Santa Rita Hills
Sugar: 25.6Brix
Barrels: Hungarian, and French
oak barrels. 44% new oak.
Total Acid: .73
pH: 3.36%
Alcohol: 15.3%
Residual Sugar: Dry

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