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Date Printed: 11/28/2015
Sanford La Rinconada Vineyard Pinot Noir 2000
Sanford La Rinconada Vineyard Pinot Noir 2000
(search item no. 53299)
Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 11/28/2015: $63.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 rating: 90 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The first vintage for the vineyard was the 1999 and it proved to be a blockbuster right out of the gate. The Dijon Clones produce a mouth-coating wine with great balance and an expansive finish. Bigger in body, higher in tannin and slightly lower in acid than the Sanford & Benedict Pinot Noir, the 2000 La Rinconada is made for aging. This wine will stand up nicely to a prime rib of beef or lamb dish.

Opaque ruby/purple color. Dense, smoky, meaty, neo-Syrah nose aromas. Dark cherry and blackberry flavors on a firm base of ripe tannins.

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About Sanford Winery:

In Santa Barbara wine country, it all started with Sanford Winery. Recognizing a magical combination of climate and soil conditions, the Sanford & Benedict vineyard was plated in 1971, and the resulting wines are now the benchmark of the Sta. Rita Hills AVA. Pinot Noir has thrived in the Sta. Rita Hills ever since, and ranks among the best and most distinctive in the world. Sanford's estate vineyards - Rancho La Rinconada and Sanford & Benedict - lie within the 100 square mile AVA, and they rely exclusively on these vineyards for their luscious, signature Pinot Noir. The area owes its magic to an unusual east-west mountain valley that runs from the vineyards to the Pacific Ocean; ideal for cool-climate varietals.