Bright garnet in color, this wine is an example of the dark
fruit and powerful spice the Sta. Rita Hills are known for producing. The nose
is dominated with aromas of allspice, with secondary notes of pomegranate and
cranberry. The palate is bursting with acidity, while fine tannins help create
a long, mouthwatering finish.
Notes from Winemaker
Sanford & Benedict Vineyard is one of the oldest
vineyards in Santa Barbara County (planted in 1972), located in the famed Sta.
Rita Hills. The grapes were harvested on August 22nd, 25th
and 28th. At the winery, the grapes were destemmed and underwent a
five-day cold-soak prior to fermentation. The wine was then gently pressed and
put into French oak barrels where it stayed for 18 months before being bottled
in January 2016.
100% Pinot Noir
Sta. Rita Hills/ Santa Barbara County
Harvest dates: August 22nd, 25th and 28th, 2014
Brix at harvest: 23.4
pH at harvest: 3.29
Finished alcohol: 13.88
95 pts - Jeb Dunnick- Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, issue 226, August 2016