Sanford Winery has been producing world class Pinot Noir from the Sta. Rita Hills since 1981. The Sanford & Benedict vineyard was plated in 1971, and the resulting wines are now the benchmark of the Sta. Rita Hills AVA.
The Sanford & Benedict parcel is the area's oldest Pinot Noir vineyard. Its fruit produces the classically Burgundian Sanford Pinot Noir-Sanford & Benedict.
Sanford Chardonnay 2010
Sanford's Santa Barbara County Chardonnay comes from four great vineyards. Their estate vineyards in the Santa Rita Hills, La Rinconada and Sanford & Benedict, along with the El Camino Vineyard in Los Alamos and the Bien Nacido Vineyard east of Santa Maria, combine to give this wine aromatic complexity and layers of flavor. The 2007 vintage was low yielding and produced wines of great intensity and structure. This barrel fermented Chardonnay shows all of the exotic tropical fruit and citrus that Santa Barbara is renowned for, along with the minerality that is a signature of wines from the Santa Rita Hills. This full bodied wine has nice acidity to keep it in balance and makes a nice complement to most seafood, poultry and pasta with lighter sauces.
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Sanford Pinot Noir Santa Rita Hills 375ml 2012
A blend of fruit from Sanford two estate vineyards: La Rinconada (61%) and the historic Sanford and Benedict Vineyard (39%). Both of these stellar vineyards are in the heart of the Sta. Rita Hills. A wide range of Pinot clones are planted on these sites, and our 2012 is a blend of 10 of these. A mix of vineyard blocks and several different clones gives this wine great complexity. The wine is brilliant red in color and is bursting with bright red fruits like raspberry and bing cherry with hints of pepper and dried flowers on the nose. The palate delivers silky berry flavors framed nicely by bright acidity and supple tannins. The wine was allowed to age in French Oak barrels (30% new oak) for 10 months where it gained concentration and picked up hints of vanilla and cinnamon. This Pinot is deep red in color and is bursting with red and black fruits.
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