2017 Sanford & Benedict Vineyard Pinot Noir
Sta. Rita Hills
Sta. Rita Hills
Our first release from Sanford & Benedict vineyard is a striking contrast to Pinot Noir blends from the Russian River Valley, this wine is dark in color and boasts aromas of dried tobacco leaves, cassis, black pepper and cedar box. The palate profile is fresh and vibrant, exploding with flavors of dark Bing cherry, sour boysenberry, and pomegranate seeds. The weight seems light and tangy initially, but opens up after two or three sips into a medium-bodied wine with ample, firm tannins that, combined with residual fruity, floral flavors, leaves a distinctly Earl Grey tea flavor and coating on the tongue.
In 1971 Richard Sanford and Michael Benedict took a chance on a spring fed farm on the north facing slopes of the east west traversing Santa Ynez River on California’s Central Coast and planted what became Sanford & Benedict Vineyards to Pinot Noir. The success of this site depends on the maritime influences of the Pacific Ocean. The movement of fog and cooling winds up valley and the soil, a living medium of minerals and organic material, is quite unique to this growing region. A byproduct of receding seas, river-deposited particles, landslides and the slow weathering of ancient stone, which in the Sta. Rita Hills AVA includes shale, serpentine, and sandstone. The Sanford & Benedict Vineyard is the cornerstone of this iconic AVA and continues to produce exceptional fruit.
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