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    Pinot Noir Santa Rita Hills

    United States, California, Santa Rita Hills


    Winery Overview

    In 1962, Pierre Lafond reestablished Santa Barbara County’s winemaking tradition by founding Santa Barbara Winery. The winery was the first since prohibition and has played a pioneering role in the subsequent development of the Santa Ynez Valley as a world-class wine growing region. Pierre purchased land in 1971 on the western end of the valley and began planting what is now a 97.5 acre vineyard. Winemaker Bruce McGuire was brought on board in 1981 and encouraged plantings of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Syrah, noting that the soil and microclimate of Lafond Vineyard, classified as cool Region 1, were ideal for these varietals.In 1996, Santa Barbara Winery expanded to include a new line of premium wines dedicated to producing exclusively vineyard and appellation designated Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Syrah. Lafond Winery’s new facilitiy was opened to visitors in 2001.


    97.5 acre vineyard. Lafond Vineyards obtained their SIP (Sustainability In Practice) Certificate in 2016. David Lafond initiated the program several years ago and after much work brought it to fruition.


    Seven Clones of Pinot Noir are present in this wine which come from 6 different blocks in the Lafond and Burning Creek Vineyards.Picked at night to take advantage of this coolness, the grapes are processed the next morning. Cooler grapes are firmer and suffer less damage in handling.


    Eighteen different fermenters were used. This mixture and blend allows for layering of complexity and brings out the character of Santa Rita Hills Pinot Noir.


    Aged in 60 gal. barrels and 130 gal. puncheons, 18% new French oak.

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