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Alma Rosa Pinot Noir Santa Rita Hills Sta. Rita Hills la Encantada Vineyard 2006

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Alma Rosa Winery and Vineyards:
Pioneer winegrowers in the Sta. Rita Hills AVA since 1970, Thekla and Richard Sanford have left their namesake winery and are pleased to present the wines from their winery, Alma Rosa Winery & Vineyards. With over 38 years experience winegrowing in this region, their energies will continue to be focused on excellence in Pinot Noir and Chardonnay and feel this new beginning gives them a greater... Read more
Pioneer winegrowers in the Sta. Rita Hills AVA since 1970, Thekla and Richard Sanford have left their namesake winery and are pleased to present the wines from their winery, Alma Rosa Winery & Vineyards. With over 38 years experience winegrowing in this region, their energies will continue to be focused on excellence in Pinot Noir and Chardonnay and feel this new beginning gives them a greater opportunity to honor the unmistakable relationship between the healthiness of the soil, the energy of the vines, and ultimately the soul of the wine. “For over 20 years, my wife Thekla and I have focused on what’s most important to us: sustainable business practices and organic farming. We are deeply committed to the environment and the soulful connection with our employees and the people who enjoy our wine.” says Richard. With over 100 acres of certified organic estate vineyards in the Sta. Rita Hills AVA (the first vineyards to be certified in Santa Barbara County) Alma Rosa Winery offers Pinot Gris and Pinot Blanc in addition to their Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Their acclaimed Pinot Noir Vin-Gris (as seen in the movie Sideways) is also available. With a vision for a viable agricultural future and an environment that is safe for our children, Richard and Thekla and the staff at Alma Rosa Winery hope to continue to bring our customers together to share good food, good times and great wine. Read less

Member Reviews for Alma Rosa Pinot Noir Santa Rita Hills Sta. Rita Hills la Encantada Vineyard

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Snooth User: ONUMello
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3.00 5
07/17/2011

Aromas of forest floor covering dark berries. On the palate, things started off well with a cranberry/sour cherry attack, however on the midpalate it turned very acidic and there was next to no finish


Snooth User: Derek67
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4.00 5
02/12/2009

Earthy and loaded with cranberry and cherry flavors. Dynamite nose and structure.


0.00 5
11/21/2008

This is a Gold Medal WIne Club-Pinot Series selection from Nov. '08. A powerful wine, the Alma Rosa 2006 Santa Rita Hills Pinot Noir showcases the darker, more covert aspects of the alluring varietal. Rich fruit flavors and aromas of black cherries and currants are bolstered by a smoky spiciness with essences of spicy mu shu plum sauce, herb and sage. Wrapped into thick but finely ground tannins, this Pinot is brightened by a crisp coastal acidity that lifts it into sheer deliciousness. Try pairing this beautiful Pinot Noir with classic grilled preparations, roasts, stews, and even hearty fish dishes, such as halibut filets done Osso-Buco style. Accolades: 93 Points – Editors’ Choice, Wine Enthusiast magazine.


0.00 5
03/24/2009

This is a Gold Medal Wine Club Pinot Noir Series selection. A powerful wine, the Alma Rosa 2006 Santa Rita Hills Pinot Noir showcases the darker, more covert aspects of the alluring varietal. Rich fruit flavors and aromas of black cherries and currants are bolstered by a smoky spiciness with essences of spicy mu shu plum sauce, herb and sage. Wrapped into thick but finely ground tannins, this Pinot is brightened by a crisp coastal acidity that lifts it into sheer deliciousness. Try pairing this beautiful Pinot Noir with classic grilled preparations, roasts, stews, and even hearty fish dishes, such as halibut filets done Osso-Buco style.


Snooth User: tugboat6
11918162
4.00 5
01/11/2009

Powerful, smoky, spicy. Great wine with a lingering aftertaste to remember!


Snooth User: chad1616
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3.50 5
03/12/2009

Three and a half glasses


External Reviews for Alma Rosa Pinot Noir Santa Rita Hills Sta. Rita Hills la Encantada Vineyard

External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/23/2011

With enticing aromas of lavender and berry, this is rich, supple and elegant on the palate, with a vibrancy to the fruit and a suppleness to the texture. Long and fruity on the finish. Drink now through 2011.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/23/2011

Surprisingly, the generic 2005 Pinot Noir Santa Rita Hills is even more complex, displaying additional notes of beet roots, forest floor, and sweet cherries. This well-made, medium-bodied Pinot possesses excellent fruit, spice, earth, and subtle herb and smoke characteristics. It, too, should be consumed over the next 5-6 years.


External Review
03/16/2010

Unmistakably Pinot Noir, our 2008 Vin Gris is brimming with fresh fruit and floral aromatics. Rose petal, cherry and strawberry lead from the nose to palate. Completely dry and crisp, this is 100% Pinot Noir from organically grown grapes.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/23/2011

Deep red. Smoky oak and black raspberry on the nose. Lively red berry flavors are firmed by juicy acidity and given depth by a slow-building dark chocolate quality. The finish features an interesting Campari-like bitterness and a lingering note of cracked pepper. Not a particularly easy style, but nicely suited to strongly seasoned red meat dishes.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/23/2011

A dry, herbal style, with chewy tannins and a glimmer of ripe cherry and blueberry fruit that finishes with a mineral and pebble aftertaste. Drink now through 2008.


External Review
09/23/2011

"Unmistakably Pinot Noir


External Review
04/18/2013

This is a California Pinot Noir at its finest! Richard Sanford, founder of Sanford Winery, is the producer of this exquisite Pinot Noir from the Santa Rita Hills. The wine has a beautiful floral nose and is ruby red in color. Delicate nuances of strawberry and raspberry dance upon one’s palate, ending with a long and luscious finish. Medium-bodied with a hint of spice, it is balanced and rounded out with soft tannins. Alma Rosa Winery & Vineyards practices and promotes organic farming, sustainable agriculture, ecologically-responsible packaging and green building. Pair this wine with blackened snapper or baked ham with spiced apples. Fabulous!


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