Santa Rita Hills Pinot Noir 2019
93 points, “Pale ruby-purple, it's scented of red and black berries, orange peel, forest floor and bitters. The palate is open and spicy, with a silky texture, refreshing acidity and a touch of classy baking spice from its 11 months in 25% new French oak. It’s a bright, pure style this vintage and excellent quality for an appellation bottling.” – Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
The 2019 Pinot Noir from Santa Rita Hills is a stunning introduction to Sanford Winery, one of America’s true greats. The grapes come from the younger vines on the legendary Sanford & Benedict and La Rinconada vineyards. The wine opens with notes of rose petal, lavender and mint, then the deft use of oak adds cake spices and finesse to the mellow red and black cherry, raspberry, wild strawberry and orange peel fruit. The clarity and elegance of this wine are simply showstopping.
Although many get their heads turned by Russian River Valley and the Carneros District, some of the finest Pinot Noir and Chardonnay coming out of the United States is from Santa Barbara. And that all started with the pioneering Sanford Winery. Richard Sanford and Michael Benedict planted their first vineyard in 1971, and they unlocked the cool-climate, Burgundian-style treasure trove that is Santa Rita Hills in the Santa Ynez Valley. In the mid-2000s, Sanford Winery was bought by the Terlatos, the family behind luxury brands including Two Hands, Domaine Ramonet, Peller Estates, Mischief and Mayhem, Champagne Lanson, Chapoutier, Kracher, Idda, Gaja, Greystone, Feudi di San Gregorio, Chateau de la Tour, Nonino, Angostura Caribbean Rum, Bunnahabhain, Ledaig, Tobermory, Amarula and many more. Joining an iconic roster like that, Sanford is a producer that needs to be firmly on any fine wine connoisseur’s radar.
£6.13 per 100.00ml
SKU No.: 3410792
Style No.: 869197
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