Sanford Santa Rita Hills Pinot Noir 2019

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Sanford Santa Rita Hills Pinot Noir 2019

Country - USA

Region - California

Grape Varieties - Pinot Noir 100%

Alcohol by volume - 14.5%

Bottle - 75cl

Producer - Sanford

Tasting notes - Bright aromas of fresh cherry, wild strawberry and spice cake are complemented by white pepper and rose. Supple, serious and wonderfully fresh on the palate with beautiful length on the finish.

Sanford Santa Rita Hills Pinot Noir 2019

Supple, serious and wonderfully fresh with bright aromas
of fresh cherry, wild strawberry and spice cake
complemented by white pepper and rose.


Producer Note
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. This is a stunning Californian estate, and we are
proud to be the exclusive importer of these iconic wines.


Vintage
The cool, wet winter and spring was followed by modest warmth until July. Diligent work
in the vineyard combined with the constant winds, resulted in very little botrytis and
mildew. Healthy rainfall afforded the opportunity to dry-farm the vineyards for the first
time since the early 1990s. July and August saw cool but sunny days without any real
heat until mid-September. The 2019s are already showing well, but are also age-worthy.


Vineyard
The grapes come exclusively from the two estate vineyards in the cool-climate area of
Sta. Rita Hills AVA: the Sanford & Benedict Vineyard and the La Rinconada Vineyard.
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. Afternoon breezes dry out any
residual moisture and reduce disease pressure. Temperatures rarely exceed 27°C,
which suits the delicate Pinot Noir vines. The vineyard is split into 52 blocks and each
block has an individual soil composition. Broadly, the marine based soil in the ‘Sanford
& Benedict Vineyard’ is a mixture of clay, loam, fractured shale and chert (a rocky soil),
which forces the vine’s roots to dig deep for nutrients and hydration. The result is
naturally low yields of small-berried, concentrated fruit delivering excellent minerality
and acidity. The ‘La Rinconada Vineyard’ is made up of sandy, gravelly soil which
imparts precise minerality to the wine. There are 33 different Pinot Noir clones planted
across the vineyard and 40% of the vines are from the original 1972 ungrafted plantings.


Winemaking
A blend of vineyards: 44% from the Sanford & Benedict Vineyard and 56% from La
Rinconada. Each block was vinified separately, to reflect the personality of the
vineyard. The wine went through 100% malolactic conversion and was matured for 11
months in French oak, of which 25% was new.


Tasting Note
Bright aromas of fresh cherry, wild strawberry and spice cake are complemented by
white pepper and rose. Supple, serious and wonderfully fresh on the palate with
beautiful length on the finish.


Grape
Pinot Noir 100%

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