For a region known for its cool climate fruit, Santa Rita Hills appellation is HOT right now, and global warming has nothing to do with it. Sanford and Benedict is the oldest planted vineyard in the appellation. An amazing location with the perfect combination of soil, climate and exposure, it set the standard for the region. ABC has always made a Sanford and Benedict Chardonnay and Pinot Noir as the grapes lend themselves to our style of wine making. Unlike any other California Chardonnay. The minerality and complexity of flavors dominates this wine, a perfect choice for Chablis lovers.
The 2007 exhibits pear and apple aromas together with a touch of vanillin and lees from extended barrel aging in French oak barrels. Balance is shown in all aspects of this wine: the leesy aroma is balanced with the apple-y aromas, the acidity is balanced with
mouth filling richness, and the restraint is balanced with the underlying power.
"About as rich and flamboyant as California Chardonnay gets, a wine that blows you away with sheer pyrotechnic wizardry. Massive in grilled pineapples, mangoes, Key lime pie, vanilla honey, crème caramel and dusty spices, accented with perfect acidity. "