Wine Description & Statistics
Lafond Vineyards Santa Ynez Valley
2003 Zinfandel Essence
click image to close window The second dry year of a drought cycle combined with sunny conditions late in the year to enable Winemaker Bruce McGuire to craft an amazing example of his Zinfandel Essence.
Seven acres of Zinfandel were planted in the Lafond Vineyard back in 1972, before the cool climate nature of the surroundings was completely understood. Big, forward raspberry fruit that seems more intense than traditional Zinfandel from warmer climates is the hallmark of our Zinfandel and genesis of the inspiration for a late harvest style from these grapes.
In 2003, our Zinfandel vines were starting to show their age as they were "shutting down" prior to the grapes being ready for harvest. While this was part of the reason the fruit dehydrated nicely for Zinfandel Essence, it was clear the vines were at the end of their viticultural lives. Indeed, in 2004 and 2005 the harvest was paltry from our Zinfandel with no possibility for Essence.
As cellar master Burt always says, "out with a bang!". This is the last vintage of this wine as the only Zinfandel in the Santa Rita Hills now passes on to history. And what a last vintage it is, huge concentrated flavor combine with impeccable acid/sugar balance to make a powerful dessert wine perfect for the contemplation of things past. Cold, stainless steel fementation preserved maximum fruit character setting the stage for enjoyment with all things chocolate.
Suggested retail: 34.00/375ml
Production: 313 12x375ml cases
Dates: October 31, 2003
Vineyards: 100% Lafond Vineyard.
Vineyards located in the Santa Rita Hills Appelation.
Sugar: 47.0 Brix

Residual sugar: 35.3%.
Total Acid: 1.38
pH: 3.20
Alcohol: 8.6%