Sanford Sanford & Benedict Pinot Noir
The 2011 Sanford and Benedict Pinot Noir is exclusively sourced from our historic estate vineyard in the esteemed Sta. Rita Hills AVA. Planted in 1971 this iconic vineyard consistently produces distinctively superb Pinot Noir. The 2011 wine has vibrant red color and exudes earthy aromas of dried herbs, raspberry and cranberry. In addition to the enticing fruit and earth, this lovely Pinot exhibits floral and spice aromas. The silky palate delivers bright berry flavors framed nicely by balanced acidity and ripe tannins.
TASTING NOTES: The silky palate delivers bright berry flavors framed nicely by balanced acidity and ripe tannins.
AROMA NOTES: Earthy aromas of dried herbs, raspberry and cranberry.
APPELLATION: Sta. Rita Hills
VINEYARD: Sanford & Benedict
BRIX AT HARVEST: 24.0
AGING: 14 months in French Oak (50% new)
TITRATABLE ACIDITY: 6.2 grams/L
BOTTLING DATE: December, 2012
92 Points: "With patience, the appellation's seminal vineyard reveals layer after aromatic layer of damp wood, hot raspberry syrup laced with cardamom cream, and a bit of anise. Fresh cranberry hits the palate first, then picks up tobacco ash in the mid palate along with recently plucked oregano, thyme and marjoram." - Matt Keppman, Wine Enthusiast
92 Points: "Very dark ruby color; ripe raspberry, tart cherry, tobacco nose; very tasty, medium bodied, silky textured, tart raspberry puree, tart cherry palate with medium acidity and grip; could use 2-3 years bottle age; medium-plus finish " - Richard Jennings