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Sanford Santa Rita Hills Sanford & Benedict Pinot Noir 2017

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Sanford Santa Rita Hills Sanford & Benedict Pinot Noir 2017

  • Grapes Pinot Noir 100%
  • Country USA 
  • Region California Sta. Rita Hills
  • Abv 13.5 %
  • Body Value: C (A is light, E is full-bodied)
    Residual Sugar: 0.6
    Contains Sulphites: Yes
    Vegetarian/Vegan: Yes/Yes
    Milk/Eggs: No/No
    Organic: No
    Biodynamic: No
  • Case size 6 / 75cl
  • Winemaker: Trey Fletcher
  • Closure Natural Cork
  • Enticing aromas of raspberry, dusty mocha, and earthy notes of dried brushwood lead to a richly textured palate of earthy, spicy red berry flavors. The bright acidity and supple tannins impart great structure and length.
  • Awards
    92 pts, Wine Enthusiast, 2023 

The grapes come exclusively from the Sanford & Benedict Vineyard in the cool-climate area of Sta. Rita Hills AVA. The unusual east-west orientation of the nearby Santa Ynez Mountains, allows the cooling maritime breezes from the Pacific Ocean- just seven miles away- to flow over the vineyards, bringing with them cooling morning fog. The afternoon breezes dry out any residual moisture reducing disease pressure. Temperatures rarely exceed 27°C, at which point Pinot Noir tends to temporarily shut down. The marine based soils in Sanford & Benedict Vineyards are mixture of clay, loam, fractured shale and chert (rocky) soils which force vine roots to dig deep for nutrients and hydration, resulting in naturally low yields and excellent small berried, concentrated fruit with minerality and acidity. One third of the vines are from the original 1972 ungrafted plantings. The Sanford & Benedict vineyard is planted with 11 different Pinot Noir clones. The vineyards are sustainably cultivated.

Sanford Winery is a renowned pioneer of cool-climate wine from the Sta. Rita Hills, north of Santa Barbera. The legendary Sanford & Benedict vineyard was planted in 1971 by Richard Sanford and Michael Benedict, and from the very first vintages they produced
highly acclaimed wines of great complexity. In 1980, the team of Michael Benedict and Richard Sanford would go their separate ways. Richard Sanford continued to make the wines, and subsequently planted the La Rinconada vineyard adjacent to the original
vineyard. In 2002, the Terlato family became partners, by 2007 they bought the entire vineyard and have been making exceptional wines from these two sustainably cultivated Cru vineyards ever since. The vineyards and winery are certified by the California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance. This is a stunning Californian estate, and we are proud to be the exclusive importer of these iconic wines.

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