Sanford Pinot Noir Sta. Rita Hills
The 2012 Sanford Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir is a blend of fruit from our two estate vineyards: La Rinconada (61%) and the historic Sanford and Benedict Vineyard (39%). Both of these stellar vineyards are in the heart of the Sta. Rita Hills. A wide range of Pinot clones are planted on these sites, and our 2012 is a blend of 10 of these. 2012 was a perfect growing season, which resulted in complex, concentrated and balanced wines. This Pinot is deep red in color and is bursting with red and black fruits like raspberry and black cherry, along with savory notes of cola, white pepper and sage. The palate delivers rich berry flavors balanced nicely by acid and tannin structure.
The wine was allowed to age in French Oak barrels (30% new) for 10 months where it gained concentration and picked up hints of toast, anise and clove.
Tasting Notes: The palate delivers rich berry flavors balanced nicely by acid and tannin structure.
Aroma Notes: Bursting with red and black fruits like raspberry and black cherry, along with savory notes of cola, white pepper and sage.
Appellation: Sta. Rita Hills
Vinyard(s): La Rinconada, Sanford & Benedict
Brix at Harvest: 24.0
Aging: 10 months in French Oak (30% new)
Titrateable Acidity: 5.94 grams/L
Bottling Date: August, 2013
Cases Produced: 5,947
92 Points: "A thread of white pepper loops through the dense core of cherry cedar. Tilled soil on the nose carries through the palate, adding a dash of chocolate for a hedonistic point of view." - Meridith May, The Tasting Panel