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Date Printed: 8/28/2014
Sanford Santa Rita Hills Pinot Noir 2006
Sanford Santa Rita Hills Pinot Noir 2006
(search item no. 94761)
The Wine News rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 8/28/2014: $32.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 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 2006 Sanford Santa Rita Hills Pinot Noir is a blend from their estate vineyard, La Rinconada, and the historic Sanford and Benedict Vineyard next door. A mix of vineyard blocks and several different clones gives this wine added complexity.

The wine is deep violet red in color and is bursting with raspberry, black cherry, pepper and clove on the nose. The palate delivers dusty berry flavors framed nicely by bright acidity and supple tannins. The wine was allowed to age in French Oak barrels (30% new oak) for 10 months where it gained concentration and picked up hints of vanilla and licorice.

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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.