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2020 Sanford & Benedict Vineyard Pinot Noir

2020 Sanford & Benedict Vineyard Pinot Noir

Sta. Rita Hills

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Tasting Notes
Ripe and juicy yet restrained and beautifully complex, this wine offers a gorgeous perfume of hibiscus, dried herbs, boysenberry, anise and bergamot. The ripe fruit core suggests huckleberry, bourbon-soaked cherries, and dried flower petals, all nicely framed by a hint of black tea, sweet tobacco, and fresh cedar. Youthful tannins, chalky minerality and bright, focused acidity come into a persistent, snappy finish.
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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