Sanford Founders Vines Pinot Noir
It all started with a pioneering vision to grow world class Pinot Noir in a remote coastal region of California that was long considered far too cool to ripen wine grapes. Fortunately, the founders, Michael Benedict and Richard Sanford had determination and perseverance in establishing the Sanford & Benedict Vineyard in 1971. As the stewards of this iconic property, we have tremendous respect for what these partners accomplished, and from one of the original, own rooted, plantings of Pinot Noir, we are proud to release the 2013 Founders’ Vines Pinot Noir. We selected 10 barrels for this elegant, savory, complex and well-balanced Pinot. The bright, silky palate delivers vibrant, earthy red fruits, framed nicely by acidity and supple tannins.
TASTING NOTES: The rustic yet silky palate delivers delicate, earthy red fruits and spice, framed nicely by balanced acidity and tannins.
93 Points & Editors’ Choice: “This is a rare look at the original vines planted by Richard Sanford and Michael Benedict in the 1970s. Aromas of candied strawberry and red currant lead into a dry palate, where cranberry, rose petal, thyme and dried sagebrush arise. The integrated acidity and tannic structure are most compelling, along with the lingering hint of dried flowers.” - Wine Enthusiast