Sanford La Rinconada Vineyard Pinot Noir 2008

Pinot Noir from Central Coast, California

$61.99 $49.59
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Item No. 108495
  • red wine
  • BH90
Style: Smooth & Supple

Wine Style Guide

Light & Fruity

Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.

Smooth & Supple

Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.

Earthy & Spicy

Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.

Big & Bold

Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.

Alcohol By Volume: 14.6%

Alcohol By Volume Guide

  • 10%
  • 16+%
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
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Winemaker's Notes

The 2008 La Rinconada Pinot Noir is exclusively sourced from the estate vineyard in the esteemed Santa Rita Hills AVA. Dijon clones 667, 777 and 115 growing on the hill east of the winery gives it great intensity and complexity. The wine is deep ruby red in color and is exploding with spicy cherry and earthy raspberry aromas, with a hint of anise and white pepper. The palate delivers flavors of black cherry framed nicely by bright acidity and ripe mouth coating tannins.

Deep Ruby Red in color, the wine explodes with spicy cherry and earthy raspberry aromas, with a hint of anise and white pepper.

The palate delivers flavors of black cherry framed nicely by bright acidity and ripe mouth coating tannins.

Critical Acclaim

"A complex and attractively spicy nose of primarily red pinot and blue berry fruit aromas precedes rich, full-bodied and generous middle weight flavors that possess fine mid-palate concentration and a dusty textured on the solidly persistent finish that displays only a modicum of warmth. There is also a touch of herbal character but it's not enough to detract from the overall appeal."
90 Points

Learn About Sanford Map ItMap It

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. ...

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Learn About Central Coast

The largest of California's wine growing regions, the Central Coast produces the majority of California's wine. The district sprawls out, covering most of the vineyard land between San Francisco and Santa Barbara. Smaller sub-AVAs of the Central Coast include Monterey Bay, Paso Robles, Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Maria Valley, Santa Cruz Mountains and many others. Notable Facts...

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Learn About Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir(PEE-noh nwahr) Pinot Noir is a finicky grape. It only grows in the right climate, with the right soils and the right care. Perhaps because it is so difficult is why it is so loved. Pinot Noir hails from Burgundy, a region known for crafting the most collectible and sought-after wines from this varietal. Not only does Pinot reign in Burgundy, it is also...

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