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2018 Sanford & Benedict Vineyard Pinot Noir

93 Points | Wine Enthusiast Magazine

2018 Sanford & Benedict Vineyard Pinot Noir

Sta. Rita Hills

Tasting Notes
Opening up with a deep, savory and complex bouquet of cassis, fennel, pomegranate, blood orange and a hint of bourbon-soaked barrel, this wine focused, vibrant and packed with concentrated red & blue fruit flavors. This is a medium-full bodied Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir, with a lively framework of acidity, youthful tannins and succulent fruit, reminiscent of raspberry, loganberry, red plum and deliciously tangy tamarind. It’s so fresh, juicy and delicious, you’ll be tempted to drink it all now, but the firm tannins and crisp acidity make this an age worthy wine.
Vineyard Notes
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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