VINTAGE:
2017 [CURRENT VINTAGE]
GRAPES:
93% SYRAH, 7% VIOGNIER
HAND HARVESTED:
SEPTEMBER 8, 2017
SOIL:
SANDY LOAM
VINEYARD:
KIMSEY
YEASTS:
INDIGENOUS, CO-FERMENTED
MALOLACTIC FERMINTATION:
SPONTANEOUS, FINISHED IN TANK
BASKET PRESSED:
BY HAND,
NOVEMBER 12, 2017
BOTTLED:
AUGUST 13, 2018[UNFINED, UNFILTERED]

La Fai2017

Our LaFai label is named for a lovely woman from Hong Kong named Connie who David met and became close friends with while studying at Fresno State University. Often by his side in the winery, Connie became the inspiration for the Syrah blend. Connie’s Cantonese name is Wong Tsz Fai – and Fai means “sunlight” in Chinese.

Our 2017 La Fai is the delightful result of co-fermentation of 93% Syrah grapes and 7% Viognier grapes. This is a classic style from France’s Northern Rhone Valley. When you add a bit of Viognier (an aromatic white) to the Syrah (often dense and tannic) it imparts new, naturally derived flavors. The tannins in the Syrah soften, its aromas are lifted and it gets a rounder mouthfeel. We co-ferment each vintage of our La Fai this way, with David carefully adjusting the percentage of each varietal slightly each year to obtain maximum flavor profiles.

Our Winemaker David manually pressed the grapes with a hand ratchet press before aging the wine for nine months in a mix of old and new French oak barrels. After bottling, Connie applied each label by hand. That’s hands on winemaking!

$60.00 / 750mL

2812 in stock

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VINTAGE:
2017 [CURRENT VINTAGE]
GRAPES:
93% SYRAH, 7% VIOGNIER
HAND HARVESTED:
SEPTEMBER 8, 2017
SOIL:
SANDY LOAM
VINEYARD:
KIMSEY
YEASTS:
INDIGENOUS, CO-FERMENTED
MALOLACTIC FERMINTATION:
SPONTANEOUS, FINISHED IN TANK
BASKET PRESSED:
BY HAND,
NOVEMBER 12, 2017
BOTTLED:
AUGUST 13, 2018[UNFINED, UNFILTERED]

94 Boscoe 2017 La Fai Kimsey Vineyard Syrah-Viognier (Ballard Canyon). Though David Haskell’s Syrahs aim for elegance, they are also quite fun and engaging. Light in the glass, this one, which includes 7% Viognier, starts with aromas of fresh red currant, raspberry and wild sage. The palate zips with energy, flashing white pepper spice against flavors of cherry compote and orange rind. Editors’ Choice.

—M.K., Wine Enthusiast

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