LCBO Vintages Release
In 1962, Canadian-born architect Pierre Lafond founded the first post-prohibition commercial winery in Santa Barbara County. Two years later, he established a winery on Anacapa Street, just two blocks from the Pacific Ocean. The 70 acres of estate vineyards are planted along the banks of the lower Santa Ynez River, a cool microclimate near the Pacific Ocean.
The winery sources their fruit from their Burning Creek Vineyard in the Santa Rita Hills, a small appellation at the western end of the Santa Ynez Valley that has gained national recognition for its Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The valley runs west to east, catching the late afternoon fog that rolls in from the ocean. That fog can linger until early morning, trapped by the surrounding hills before it dissipates in the wider Santa Ynez Valley. In the summer, the fog moderates the normally warm days of the valley, cooling the grapes at night. (Warm days and cool nights are essential to the developement of Pinot Noir.) In the spring when frost is the winery’s biggest concern, a layer of fog over the vineyard insulates the vines from sudden chills.
“Well-framed, with concentrated dark cherry, currant and kirschlike flavors that are supported by zesty acidity and crisp tannins. The minerally finish has hints of pepper. Drink now through 2021.”
Wine Spectator, Dec 2017
“Boysenberry, dried rose petals, lilac and lavender show on the nose of this iconic winery’s affordable bottling. Pencil shavings show on the sip, where the dark purple and boysenberry fruits are cut by deft acidity.”
Wine Enthusiast, Sept 2017