Nestled in the southeastern corner of the Sta. Rita Hills appellation is LaFond. One of the oldest winegrowing sites in Santa Barbara County, LaFond was first planted in 1971 to mainly Burgundian varietals. This Syrah block was planted in 1997. Soils are alluvial: a diverse blend of sand, silt, clay, and gravel. The well-drained soils and cool marine climate make this an ideal site for growing classy Syrah.
Purple with a reddish hue, characters of spicy brambleberry, potpourri, white pepper, and dried violets are framed by fresh acidity and fine grain tannins.
25% whole cluster fermentation
10 months élévage in neutral 228L French oak barrels
Four barrels • 97 cases produced
Unfined & Unfiltered
91 points Wine Enthusiast