Sanford Vista Al Rio Pinot Noir
The “Vista al Rio” is from a north-west facing hillside block of our La Rinconada Vineyard overlooking the Santa Ynez River. This block is planted to clone 667 in well-drained, rocky clay loam soil derived from weathered shale. In 2006, the power and distinctive personality of this wine helped launch our single block series.
PROFILE & WINEMAKING
Like its predecessors, the 2016 Vista al Rio is a deep and brooding wine, with a mix of blueberry and spicy black fruits. Hints of brushy chaparral complement the bright fruit notes. The palate is concentrated, focused and full with balanced acidity and a firm tannin structure that will allow for long-term aging. Meticulously farmed and gently handled in the cellar using classic Burgundian techniques, this captures the terroir of this superb block.