Lafond Winery & Vineyards

Owner(s) Peter Lafond
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Lafond Winery & Vineyards is one of the Santa Rita Hills oldest wineries, established in 1972. The winery and tasting room at 6855 Santa Rosa Road is quite picturesque and perfect for picnics. The owner is Pierre Lafond and winemaker is Bruce McGuire. 95 acres are winery-owned. The Pinot Noirs and Chardonnay are well-priced and consistently good.

Reviewed Wines

2007 Lafond Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir

14.5% alc., 2,800 cases, $20. · Deep, dark reddish-purple color. Attractive purity of black cherry fruit on the nose with a hint of smoke. Moderately rich and fruit driven with flavors of black cherries and plum and an edge of oak. Silky textured with soft tannins and a little heat on the finish. Loses appeal in the glass over time. Reviewed September 5, 2009 ARTICLE »

2006 Lafond Winery & Vineyards Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir

13.8% alc., 3,544 cases. $19 ($26 at winery). 92% Lafond Vineyard, 8% Arita Hills Vineyard. 6 different Pinot Noir clones. Aged in 25% new French oak. The winemaker is Bruce McGuire. · Really charming aromatics featuring bright cherry, Indian spices and a hint of pepper building in intensity in the glass. The attack leads with a full-on charge of tart cherry fruit that is fresh and satisfying. The tannins are fine and supple and the finish leaves a lingering berry-toned aromatic impression. Beautifully balanced and tres Pinot. The best wine among the under $20 recession-busting Pinots tasted. Reviewed November 17, 2008 ARTICLE »

2005 Lafond Vineyards Santa Rita Hills Pinot Noir

13.7% alc., 3,500 cases, $24. Lafond Winery & Vineyards is one of the Santa Rita Hills oldest wineries, established in 1972. The winery and tasting room is quite picturesque. · The aromas start out with barnyard and hay changing with time to a more mysterious composition of dark red fruits and anise. Sweet Jolly Rancher fruit dominates with cinnamon and chocolate notes. Elegant in style and readily appealing. Reviewed November 12, 2007 ARTICLE »

2005 Lafond Vineyards Clone 777 Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir

14.7% alc., 164 cases, $38. · Clone 777 is considered a complete clone in the sense that it can often make a good wine on its own. This wine has the typical black fruit profile of 777 with nice integration of oak and alcohol. The finish shows a tangy acidic edge. Reviewed July 23, 2007 ARTICLE »

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