Sanford Sanford & Benedict Pinot Noir
The Sanford & Benedict Vineyard is where it all began. In 1971 this was the first vineyard planted in what became the world class, cool climate Sta. Rita Hills appellation. This iconic vineyard now contains the oldest Pinot Noir vines in Santa Barbara County. The 2017 vintage continues this legacy; characterized by great concentration and balance.
PROFILE & WINEMAKING
Our 2017 Pinot Noir Sanford & Benedict is bright, beautifully layered and nuanced. Crushed flowers, pipe tobacco, pomegranate, raspberry, and cinnamon all grace this sensual wine. The palate delivers earthy, spicy red berry flavors with a suave texture. To allow the vineyard to shine through, we take a gentle approach in the cellar aging in French Oak barrels (30% new) for 15 months.
93 Points: "The 2017 Pinot Noir Sanford & Benedict Vineyard, aged 15 months in 30% new French oak, has a medium ruby-purple color and lovely aromas of blueberries, strawberries, raspberries and wafts of floral perfume with a spicy touch of aniseed. The medium-bodied palate is silky with expansive, perfumed fruits and seamless freshness, finishing long and layered. 2,172 cases produced." - Erin Brooks, Wine Advocate
92 Points: "The 2017 Pinot Noir Sanford & Benedict Estate has as similar marine-like salinity as well as complex tea, leafy herbs, flowers, and assorted red and black fruit aromas and flavors. It's elegant and medium-bodied, with seamless texture and terrific balance." - Jeb Dunnuck