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2013 Late Harvest Riesling

2013 Late Harvest Riesling
Lafond Vineyard

Late harvest grapes are picked later in the season to assure the fruit has acquired the highest concentration of sugar. Grapes for the 2013 Late Harvest Riesling were foot-stomped (in rubber boots) and soaked on the skins for two days to achieve maximum flavor.

Riesling was one of the few grapes to show promise of fine wine in Santa Ynez Valley. Pierre Lafond planted the first block of Riesling in our Lafond Vineyard in 1972. We currently maintain 15 acres. Winemaker Bruce McGuire makes Riesling four different ways.

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SKU: 14213
Wine Specs
Vineyard Designation
Lafond Vineyard
Harvest Date
December 10, 2013
36 Brix
Bottling Date
April 11, 2014
Residual Sugar
Alcohol %
Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
The 2013 Late Harvest Riesling is a clear amber with rich aromas of honeysuckle and green apple. Ripe peach, pear liqueur and baking spice fill the palate with a nectar-like mouthfeel.
Vineyard Notes
100% Lafond Vineyard; Sta. Rita Hills AVA
Production Notes
100% stainless steel fermentation at cool temperatures; 362 cases produced
Winemaker Notes
The grapes for this Late Harvest Riesling were picked December 10th, a full two months after harvesting our other Riesling blocks. Clone 49 was selected to hang longer because of its larger canopy, which allowed for continued ripening. After rain, botrytis developed, which concentrated the flavor, sugar and acidity.
Food Pairing Notes
Chocolate; savory dishes; strong cheeses
Other Notes
Awards Gold Medal 2015 Orange County Commercial Wine Competition Gold Medal 2016 Tasters Guild Wine Judging Gold Medal 2016 Orange County Commerical Wine Competition

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