Sanford La Rinconada Pinot Noir
The 2011 La Rinconada Pinot Noir is exclusively sourced from our estate vineyard in the esteemed Sta. Rita Hills AVA. Dijon clones 115, 667 and 777 growing on the hill east of our winery give great intensity and complexity. A frosty spring followed by a cool growing season resulted in elegant, complex wines. This 2011 bottling is deep ruby red in color and is exploding with spicy bing cherry, cola, bacon fat and white pepper. The palate delivers flavors of red fruits framed nicely by bright acidity. The mid palate is full and round and leads to a lingering finish suggestive of dusty chocolate and cherry. The wine was allowed to age in French Oak barrels (50% new) for 14 months where it gained concentration and a velvety texture. White enjoyable now, this wine has the balance and concentration to age gracefully for the next 5 to 10 years.
TASTING NOTES: The palate delivers flavors of red fruits framed nicely by bright acidity. The mid palate is full and round and leads to a lingering finish suggestive of dusty chocolate and cherry.
AROMA NOTES: Exploding with spicy bing cherry, cola, bacon fat and white pepper
APPELLATION: Sta. Rita Hills
VINEYARD: La Rinconada
BRIX AT HARVEST: 24.0
AGING: 14 months in French Oak (50% new)
TITRATABLE ACIDITY: 7.1 grams/L
BOTTLING DATE: December, 2012
RELEASE DATE: May, 2013
93+ Points: "Very dark ruby color; appealing, tar, tart black cherry, tart raspberry, saline nose; very tasty, rich but poised, medium bodied, tart raspberry puree, saline, tart cherry, mineral palate with firm, sweet tannins; medium-plus finish (14.2% alcohol; paired remarkably well with rib eye steak)" - Richard Jennings
91 Points: "Racy and crisp with tangy cherry and lively acidity; snappy, clean and juicy with a long, fresh style." - Anthony Dias Blue, The Tasting Panel