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Sanford Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir 2017

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750ML / 13.5% ABV
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750ML / 13.5% ABV

Winemaker Notes

Bright ruby red. Bursting with cherries and baking spices, along with savory notes of lavender and star anise. The palate delivers dense dusty, cherry flavors with balanced acid and tannin structure, which carries onto a lovely finish.

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WE 92
Wine Enthusiast

Crisp aromas of black-cherry sorbet, slate and wet earth show on the nose of this appellation blend. There’s a great mineral streak on the palate, where concrete and crushed stone flavors frame the cranberry core.

JD 91
Jeb Dunnuck

Moving to the reds, the 2017 Pinot Noir Sta. Rita Hills Estate comes mostly from the Sanford & Benedict Vineyard and was brought up in 25% new French oak. Impressive mulled cherries, black tea, spice, and forest floor notes all emerge from the glass, and it's medium-bodied, with a supple, elegant texture, no hard edges, and a great finish.

RP 91
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

The 2017 Pinot Noir Sta. Rita Hills was aged 15 months in 25% new French oak. Medium ruby-purple, it is scented of roasted blackberries and cranberries with nuances of tar, tea leaves, earth and charcuterie. The palate is medium-bodied, silky, fresh and uplifted with a great dichotomy of bright fruit and earthy accents, finishing long. 

WS 90
Wine Spectator

Lots of minerality accents the red currant, plum and dried berry flavors. Cardamom notes linger midpalate, leading to a refined finish filled with sandalwood hints. Drink now through 2024.

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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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A superior source of California Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, Sta. Rita Hills is the coolest, westernmost sub-region of the larger Santa Ynez Valley appellation within Santa Barbara County. This relatively new AVA is unquestionably one to keep an eye on.

The climate of Sta. Rita Hills is a natural match for Chardonnay and Pinot noir, thanks to the crisp ocean breezes and well-drained, limestone-rich calcareous soil. Here, grapes ripen just enough, while retaining brisk acidity and harmonious balance.

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Thin-skinned, finicky and temperamental, Pinot Noir is also one of the most rewarding grapes to grow and remains a labor of love for some of the greatest vignerons in Burgundy. Fairly adaptable but highly reflective of the environment in which it is grown, Pinot Noir prefers a cool climate and requires low yields to achieve high quality. Outside of France, outstanding examples come from in Oregon, California and throughout specific locations in wine-producing world. Somm Secret—André Tchelistcheff, California’s most influential post-Prohibition winemaker decidedly stayed away from the grape, claiming “God made Cabernet. The Devil made Pinot Noir.”

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