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Date Printed: 9/30/2014
Sanford Sanford and Benedict Vineyard Pinot Noir 2004
Sanford Sanford and Benedict Vineyard Pinot Noir 2004
(search item no. 89859)
Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
The Wine News rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 9/30/2014: $47.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2002 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2000 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The Sanford & Benedict Pinot Noir comes from the original vines Richard Sanford planted in 1971. These 32 year old vines are the oldest Pinot Noir vines in the Santa Ynez Valley. Primarily from the Mt. Eden selection, this wine is always highly aromatic and classically Burgundian. This wine is fermented in 100% new French Oak for 18 months and is not filtered. This is a pedigreed wine that ages well.

Wonderful aromas of blackberry, black cherry, mineral, lavender and spice, with a rich core of fruit flavors that are plush yet structured, with lively acidity and firm, ripe tannins. Drink now through 2007.

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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.