Sanctuary Bien Nacido Vineyard Pinot Noir 2007

Pinot Noir from Santa Maria Valley, California

Item No. 109741
  • red wine
  • WE94
Style: Earthy & Spicy

Wine Style Guide

Light & Fruity

Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.

Smooth & Supple

Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.

Earthy & Spicy

Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.

Big & Bold

Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.

Alcohol By Volume: 14.4%

Alcohol By Volume Guide

  • 10%
  • 16+%
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.

Winemaker's Notes

The wine at first has a light ruby color. It has aromas of black cherry/cherry and violets with the characteristic Bien Nacido dried herbs and light pepper spice balanced by the toasty oak spice and vanilla influence of French oak barrel aging. There are flavors of cherry and red berry with dried herbs followed by a light pepper spice. The sweet oak spice and vanilla is nicely balanced by the fruit flavors. The wine is concentrated and elegant with a rich mouthfeel and lingering finish.

Critical Acclaim

"A terrific Pinot from a winery that's building up a great track record with this bottling from Santa Maria's most famous vineyard. It's their best yet, with near-perfect acid-tannin balance, and gorgeous, opulent flavors. Tremendously rich in raspberry and cherry pie with dusty Indian spices, Provencal herbs and a lovely coat of sweet, smoky oak. So easy to like, and should develop for a good six years."
94 Points

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Peter Bradley - Walnut Creek, CA (read all my reviews)

Style: Smooth & Supple
Pair with: Seafood
Had this last night at a friend's house with Cioppino. Delicious wine, got better as it opened up. Smoky, multi-layered, ripe berry fruit. Can't wait to get more, but now hard to find!
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susan little - San Francisco, CA (read all my reviews)

Outstanding Pinot Noir from one of my favorite vineyards! Cherry cola, white pepper, and raspberry pie- great price on this highly rated wine.
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foodchik - Dinuba, CA (read all my reviews)

Style: Smooth & Supple
Well balanced Pinot noir. Nice fruit up front and a solid finish. Good with grilled pork and bacon sauteed zucchini. Price is reasonable on sale.
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Learn About Sanctuary

Dennis Martin shows a master"s touch as he selects lots from distinguished vineyards for Sanctuary wines. He considers Sanctuary a winemaker"s dream project that has been a lifetime in the making. With experience he has gained over decades, it takes him but a moment to size up potential for a Sanctuary wine. He is a member of a storied group of winemakers that began changing the...

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Learn About Santa Maria Valley

Situated near the ocean in the larger Santa Barbara district, the Santa Maria Valley appellation runs east to west. Pacific Ocean air funnels in to cool the vineyards, allowing the grapes to evenly ripen and reach their full potential. This unique climate paired with the region's well-drained soils helps create some sought-after grapes. Notable Facts Pinot Noir and...

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Learn About Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir(PEE-noh nwahr) Pinot Noir is a finicky grape. It only grows in the right climate, with the right soils and the right care. Perhaps because it is so difficult is why it is so loved. Pinot Noir hails from Burgundy, a region known for crafting the most collectible and sought-after wines from this varietal. Not only does Pinot reign in Burgundy, it is also...

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