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Oct. 18, 2012
Sugar: 27.6 Brix

100% Lafond

Fermentation: Stainless Steel
Total Acid: .76
pH: 3.11
Alcohol: 11.5%
Sugar at Bottling: 7.3% by vol.

Bottled: Mar. 5, 2013

Produced: 245 cases

Santa Rita Hills
Lafond Vineyard
2012 Riesling 7.3
The noble grape Riesling is enjoying a well earned resurgence of popularity in America as increasing numbers of writers and chefs become enamored with the wine's flavors and suitability for pairing with a wide range of foods.

Peer through the fog of history and remember Riesling was really one of the first grapes that showed the promise of the Santa Ynez Valley for fine wine growing back in the middle 1970's.

Pierre Lafond planted the first block of Riesling in our Lafond Vineyard in 1972 and winemaker Bruce McGuire has crafted several styles of this wine since his arrival in 1981.

The amount of residual sugar in each style may vary slightly from year to year as Bruce balances this sweetness with the natural acid level that a particlar vintage has achieved.

This wine shows great potential for our growing estate Riesling program.

Winemaker's Comments: A section of our Vineyard, planted to Riesling Clone 49, was allowed to ripen completely. Picked 16 days after the rest of the block with riper more intense flavors.

The juice was cool fermented in a stainless steel tank and the fermentation was stopped by further chilling retaining the natural sweetness and resulting in a lower alcohol.

Santa Rita Hills 2012 Riesling 7.3 20.00

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