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Date Printed: 7/11/2014
Sanford Santa Rita Hills Pinot Noir 2002
Sanford Santa Rita Hills Pinot Noir 2002
(search item no. 84131)

PRICE ON 7/11/2014: $26.99

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
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The Santa Barbara County Pinot Noir is made entirely from estate fruit from our three Santa Rita Hills vineyards. This wine spends about 10 months in French oak barrels (25% new) and is not filtered. Fruit forward with a long, complex finish, it works well with most cuisines. This wine compares favorably with domestic Pinot Noirs and Burgundys at twice the price. Our estate Pinot Noir never disappoints.

Wonderfuly intensity and vibrancy of flavor, with a core of dusty blackberry and blueberry fruit that's supported by firm acidity and a chewy, minerally quality. Firmly tannic, too, so it's best to decant. 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.