Sanford Santa Rita Hills Sanford & Benedict Pinot Noir 2017

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Sanford Santa Rita Hills Sanford & Benedict Pinot Noir 2017

Country - USA

Region - California

Grape Varieties - Pinot Noir 100%

Alcohol by volume - 14%

Bottle - 75cl

Producer - Sanford

Tasting notes - Enticing aromas of raspberry, dusty mocha and earthy notes of dried brush-wood lead to a richly textured palate of earthy, spicy red berry flavours. The bright acidity and supple tannins impart great structure and length.

Sanford Santa Rita Hills Sanford & Benedict Pinot Noir 2017

Enticing aromas of raspberry, dusty mocha and earthy
notes lead to a richly textured palate of earthy, spicy red
berry flavours through to a long, delicious finish.
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 in Sta. Rita Hills resulted in very little
botrytis and mildew. This healthy rainfall afforded the opportunity to dry-farm La
Rinconada and Sanford & Benedict 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 showing well in their youth, but are also age-worthy.
Vineyard
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.
Winemaking
Whole cluster fermentation took place over 14 days in open-top stainless steel tanks,
with wild and selected yeasts. The wine was then aged for 14 months in French oak, of
which 40% was new, where it gained concentration, while allowing the fine tannins to
soften. Only the individual barrels containing the vineyard’s best expression were
specially selected for the 2017 vintage.
Tasting Note
Enticing aromas of raspberry, dusty mocha and earthy notes of dried brush-wood lead
to a richly textured palate of earthy, spicy red berry flavours. The bright acidity and
supple tannins impart great structure and length.
Grape
Pinot Noir 100%
Winemaker: Trey Fletcher
Region: California
Subregion: Sta. Rita Hills
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14%

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