Wine Description & Statistics
Santa Ynez Valley
2004 Syrah
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HARVEST
Dates: Sept. 17, Oct 25, 2004
Appellation: Santa Ynez Valley
Vineyard:
42.5% Lafond Vineyard
39% Hilltop Vineyard
18.5% Joughin Vineyard
Sugar: 25.3 Brix
WINE
Barrels: 15% new: French,
Hungarian, and American Oak.
Total Acid: .76
pH: 3.49
Alcohol: 15%
Sugar: Dry
Date Bottled: June 16, 2006
Production 1,551 cases

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Winemaker Bruce McGuire is an early pioneer in blending Syrah grown throughout the west-east traverse of the Santa Ynez Valley.

Because Syrah is proving to be the rare example of a varietal that can be grown in all the temperature zones found in our valley, blending vineyards becomes an intriguing endeavor.

The year after Bruce grafted the first Syrah in the Santa Rita Hills into our Lafond Vineyard, he noted the cool climate character of white pepper and complex lavender aromas were quite a bit more pronounced than even he had anticipated.

Since these components are forward flavors, Bruce sought out Syrah grown in the warmer eastern end of the valley where the grape exhibits the jammy fruit and black pepper character experienced in the back of the mouth.

The moderate yields of the 2004 vintage allowed Bruce to make a strict selection of vineyard lots from our cool climate Lafond Vineyard and neighboring Hill Top Ranch with the warm climate Joughin Vineyard.

“I am very encouraged by the excellent intensity of flavor we are seeing out of the vineyard as the vines mature” notes Bruce as he watches the progress of the Syrah program he started with the first grafts of Syrah into Lafond Vineyard in 1993.

This small production wine shows big structure, black fruit and intense white pepper spice. In the bottle, 2008 should see full flavor development. Pair with rustic fare, grilled meats, and strong, soft cheeses.