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Sanford La Rinconada Chardonnay 2007

Chardonnay from Central Coast, California
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Winemaker Notes

The 2007 La Rinconada Chardonnay is sourced exclusively from our estate vineyards in the Santa Rita Hills. The vintage was characterized by low yields and intense flavors. This special bottling comes from our two best blocks (Wente and Clone 15), whole cluster pressed and barrel fermented. With the traditional Burgundian technique of lees stirring and barrel aging, this wine has developed richness and elegance sought after in fine Chardonnay. Intense but balanced, our flagship Chardonnay has tropical and citrus notes with hints of nutmeg. On the palate this wine shows the classic Santa Rita qualities of minerality and crisp acid.

Critical Acclaim

WE 93
Wine Enthusiast

Rich in acids and steely minerals, which gives the wine a tart scour, grounding the pineapples, pears and honeyed oak. Very nice and classic, and should gradually develop bottle complexities through 2013. Editors' Choice.

WW 92
Wilfred Wong of Wine.com

Pale yellow-gold hue. Sweet, smoky oak scents with undertones of apricot, peach and vanilla. Flavors of pineapple and caramel laced with minerals and crisp acids. Lengthy, even, sweet finish with wet stone-like mineral impressions.

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Sanford Winery, , California
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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.

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The Napa Valley and Cabernet Sauvignon are so intrinsically linked that it is difficult to discuss one without thinking of the other. Although Cabernet has many important outposts throughout the wine world, nowhere else has it achieved such success (and, at the highest end, commanded such lofty prices) than in Napa. Here, it is responsible for bold, opulent, and dark-fruited wines with grippy tannins and a healthy dose of alcohol. The best examples can age for decades. Each of Napa’s smaller sub-AVAs imparts a different character to Cabernet, such as Rutherford’s famous dust or Stags Leap District's tart cherry flavors.

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