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Date Printed: 10/21/2014
Sanford Santa Rita Hills Pinot Noir 1997
Sanford Santa Rita Hills Pinot Noir 1997
(search item no. 5348)
Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 10/21/2014: $23.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2006 The Wine News rating: 92 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

A long, moderate growing season allowed for even ripening of the fruit resulting in a wine with soft, ripe tannins and wonderful balance. This impressive Pinot Noir offers wild strawberry fruit, cola, clove spice, a hint of black pepper, and just the right touch of toasty oak.
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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.