Sanford Rosé of Pinot Noir
At Sanford, we “grow” our Rosé of Pinot Noir, we don’t “make” it. That is to say, our Rosé is a wine of intention. It starts with exceptional Pinot Noir grapes grown on our estate vineyards -- Sanford & Benedict Vineyard and La Rinconada Vineyard -- which have been cultivated the entire growing season for the express purpose of creating an exceptional Rosé of Pinot Noir. Our grapes are picked early to ensure vibrant acidity and low alcohol, then carried to the winery where they are treated with as much care as any other Pinot Noir Sanford produces.
Harvested in the cool of night, then gently pressed after brief contact time in the press, the Rosé of Pinot Noir is fermented in stainless steel at low temperatures to preserve the wine’s freshness. After fermentation, a combination of neutral barrels and stainless steel tanks are used to age before bottling. Bright red raspberry, cranberry, wild strawberry and orange peel jump from the glass along with hints of rose petals. The bright acidity and lively fruit make this a natural pairing with grilled seafood, spicy dishes and most picnic fare.
91 Points: “Sanford 2017 Estate Grown Rosé of Pinot Noir (Sta. Rita Hills). Slightly darker in color that most pale-pink rosés, this wine offers aromas of ripe watermelon, strawberry, cherry and red plum, proving quite aromatic. There is great tension to the palate, where zesty citrus and red fruit flavors are fresh and vibrant”. — Matt Kettmann, Wine Enthusiast