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Sanctuary Estates Pinot Noir Bien Nacido Vineyard 2012

Member Review by VegasOenophile:

Beautifully aromatic wine. Aromas of cedar, musk, ripe crushed red berry fruit of strawberry, currant and some Bing cherry. Some red and pink flowers. Luscious on the palate with lovely balanced spice notes and cedar around ripe, fresh berry fruit. Hints of white pepper. Suggestions arise mid-palate of cough syrup, but it's not so much so that it detracts a lot and should integrate into the wine with another 6 months plus in the bottle (hopefully). Seems like a tart, currant-laced acidity that picks up and bites a bit. Some big mineral notes on the finish. The finish changes it a lot for me, so I give it an 87.

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Sanctuary Vineyards:
For seven generations the Wright Family has called coastal Currituck County home. Much has changed since original settler Jacob Wright shipwrecked on the shores of Duck, but the family still honors the farming tradition established hundreds of years ago, Sanctuary Vineyards is the product of centuries of farming experience and a dedication to a dream - producing world-class wines in Currituck C... Read more
For seven generations the Wright Family has called coastal Currituck County home. Much has changed since original settler Jacob Wright shipwrecked on the shores of Duck, but the family still honors the farming tradition established hundreds of years ago, Sanctuary Vineyards is the product of centuries of farming experience and a dedication to a dream - producing world-class wines in Currituck County. When our ancestors first settled here, vineyards usually consisted of a single muscadine vine in the backyard, the source of sweet fruit destined for jams, juice and the occasional jug of homebrew. However, the popularity of muscadine grapes soon grew, due to their affinity for the Carolina soils and unparalleled flavor. The period between the Civil War and Prohibition was a renaissance for North Carolina, when it led the country in wine production and became world renowned for its sweet elixirs. Our family created this estate to begin a new wine tradition - brothers Tommy and Jerry Wright (and new generation John Wright) are using age-old methods to coax the sweetest fruit from these coastal sands. Welcome to Sanctuary Vineyards… Sanctuary Vineyards is located on a quaint seaside farm where you are likely to see rows of corn competing with Cabernet and migratory snow geese nesting among the Sangiovese. Ten acres of grapes are nestled among hundreds of acres of farmland and wildlife impoundments that we like to call "The Sanctuary." Varieties include: Syrah, Tempranillo, Viognier, Norton and the classic Muscadine. These grapes ripen in the intense heat of the Outer Banks summer, tempered by cooling breezes from the nearby Atlantic. The ancient sand dunes where they stand offer excellent drainage and contribute unique flavor to the ripening fruit. The combination of good earth, sun and sky is what the French would call "terroir." It all translates to good growing here at Sanctuary Vineyards. North Block Our North Block features two acres of Norton and Sangiovese grapes, planted in the spring of 2002. The Norton (also known as Cynthiana) is a native American red grape. It has a tendency toward vigorous growth and is planted on a divided canopy system. The Sangiovese is a classic Italian red grape and is a component of Chianti and other traditional Italian reds. The Sangiovese prospers in hot conditions, and we believe it can produce good fruit during long, humid Currituck summers. South Block Our South Block sits adjacent to the Cotton Gin and is landmarked by a large windmill that towers over the surrounding farmland. Here we have two acres of Traminette and Chardonel grapes planted in rich, sandy soil. Both are French hybrid grapes, consisting of traditional, old world grape varieties crossed with sturdier American vines to create a plant that can thrive in "New World" growing conditions. The Traminette is based on Gewurtztraminer, a white grape planted widely in the Rhine region of Germany, where it produces a wine with crisp acidity but with a distinct sweetness reminiscent of Riesling. The Chardonel is bred from Chardonnay, and will produce wines with the same varietal character and rich fruit flavors. Read less

Member Reviews for Sanctuary Estates Pinot Noir Bien Nacido Vineyard

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Snooth User: VegasOenophile
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3.00 5
Vintage: 2008 01/16/2013

Beautifully aromatic wine. Aromas of cedar, musk, ripe crushed red berry fruit of strawberry, currant and some Bing cherry. Some red and pink flowers. Luscious on the palate with lovely balanced spice notes and cedar around ripe, fresh berry fruit. Hints of white pepper. Suggestions arise mid-palate of cough syrup, but it's not so much so that it detracts a lot and should integrate into the wine with another 6 months plus in the bottle (hopefully). Seems like a tart, currant-laced acidity that picks up and bites a bit. Some big mineral notes on the finish. The finish changes it a lot for me, so I give it an 87.


Snooth User: Annette Reid
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0.00 5
Vintage: 2008 06/12/2013

Awesome. 3rd year anniversary at Ruth Chris.


Snooth User: tejohnson1
44964133
3.50 5
Vintage: 2005 06/13/2010

Three and a half glasses


Snooth User: seholey
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3.50 5
Vintage: NV 02/12/2013

Nice drinker could be bolder.


External Reviews for Sanctuary Estates Pinot Noir Bien Nacido Vineyard

Vintage: 2007 11/12/2010

Rating: 85/100 - As reviewed by Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine (www.cgcw.com) in the October 2010 issue. Redolent of dried brush, green leaves and a note of tart plums rather than of more conventional varietal cherries, this slender, slightly thin wine proves to be something of a tight wire, and it comes up short on the kind of depth that any recommendation requires.Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine aging recommendation: Drinkable now. Further bottle aging can improve this wine.


Vintage: 2007 07/05/2011

"Rating: 85/100 - As reviewed by Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine (www.cgcw.com) in the October 2010 issue. Redolent of dried brush


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Vintage: 2007 07/06/2011

WE 94pts Editors Choice Wine Enthusiast - A terrific Pinot from a winery that s building up a great track record with this bottling from Santa Maria s most famous vineyard. It s their best yet, with near-perfect acid-tannin balance, and gorgeous, opulent flavors. Tremendously rich in raspberry and cherry pie, with dusty Indian spices, Proven al herbs and a lovely coat of sweet, smoky oak. So easy to like, and should develop for a good six years.


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Vintage: 2007 07/15/2011

It s their best yet, with near-perfect acid-tannin balance, and gorgeous, opulent flavors. Tremendously rich in raspberry and cherry pie, with dusty Indian spices, Proven al herbs and a lovely coat of sweet, smoky oak.


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Vintage: 2006 05/06/2010

Obviously well-grown and well-made, this Pinot is totally dry and balanced, with a wealth of currant, plum, pomegranate and cola flavors spiced with powerful cinnamon, nutmeg and pepper. It has a tannic toughness that suggests future possibilities. B... Wine Enthusiast. A Pinot Noir wine from California in USA. 2006 Sanctuary Pinot Noir Bien Nacido 750ml


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Vintage: 2006 04/30/2010

Sanctuary Pinot Noir Bien Nacido 2006 and all other premium wine from Sanctuary available at discounted prices at CheaperCigars.com. We also carry many other premium wine lables from USA and all over the world.


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Vintage: 2005 01/17/2009

Wine Enthusiast ReviewRated 90Dense and closed, this wine needs some cellaring to let it develop. It seems to have everything a young Pinot needs: balanced acids and tannins, a silky texture, dryness, and a hearty core of blackberry and cherry fruit. Let it be through 2007, then open for another five or six years.



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