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Sanford Pinot Noir 2011

Winemaker's Notes:

Exclusively sourced from Sanford's historic Sanford and Bendict vineyard in the Santa Rita Hills. The silky palate delivers bright berry flavors framed nicely by bright acidity and ripe tannins.

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Sanford Winery:
The story and timeline of Sanford Winery and Vineyards parallels those of Santa Barbara wine country. In fact, Sanford was a pioneer in the Santa Rita Hills, planting the first Pinot Noir vines in a region now heralded for that varietal. That was 1971, and five years later, the winery released its first wine, startling critics with the quality of its inaugural release. With the 1976 vintage, S... Read more
The story and timeline of Sanford Winery and Vineyards parallels those of Santa Barbara wine country. In fact, Sanford was a pioneer in the Santa Rita Hills, planting the first Pinot Noir vines in a region now heralded for that varietal. That was 1971, and five years later, the winery released its first wine, startling critics with the quality of its inaugural release. With the 1976 vintage, Sanford gave the world its first taste of the great wines to come from the Santa Rita Hills. By 1981, Sanford had outgrown the converted hay barn that had served as its winery. It moved to larger, more modern facilities, previously operated by another producer. Sanford Winery has an uncomplicated approach, focusing on nurturing the fruit in the vineyard, and minimizing handling throughout the winemaking process. That philosophy guided a continual improvement in quality, all while production has gradually increased. In 1996, Sanford Winery found a vineyard site with soil qualities nearly identical to those in its Sanford & Benedict parcel, the site where it first planted Pinot. That year, it planted both Pinto Noir and Chardonnay at the La Rinconada vineyard. Two years later, Sanford Winery helped lead efforts to certify the Santa Rita Hills as an American Viticultural Area (AVA). In 2001, Santa Rita Hills became an AVA. That same year, Sanford opened a new, state-of-the art winery at the La Rinconada site. By 2002, Sanford Winery and Vineyards faced its next challenge: bringing its wines to a growing and more sophisticated market. To achieve that goal, the winery turned to Terlato Wines International, the leading marketer of luxury wines in the United States. Owned by the Terlato family - Anthony and his sons Bill and John - Terlato was the perfect partner for Sanford. Anthony Terlato brought 50 years of experience in the wine business, having succeeded in every aspect of the industry. He and his sons represented the finest wines from the world's most important regions. The Terlatos believed deeply in Sanford's wines and in its future, and they took an ownership interest in 2002. Since then, with Terlato's expertise as a driving force, Sanford Winery's reputation as a world-class producer has grown, and awareness of the Sanford brand has exploded. With the enormous success of Sideways, a 2004 Oscar winner, millions of filmgoers discovered Sanford along with the movie's lead characters, who made Sanford Winery their first stop on their Santa Barbara wine country tour. In 2005, the Terlato Family assumed a majority ownership interest in Sanford Winery, laying the groundwork for a future every bit as successful as its past. Read less

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Snooth User: fthead9
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4.00 5
Vintage: 2009 02/27/2011

Outstanding, big ripe cherry. Another great pinot from Sanford

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  • Snooth User: fthead9
    28066369
    4.00 5
    Vintage: 2008 11/19/2010

    Lush cherry, hint of floral but overall a very rich elegant pinot. A little pricey but worth it.

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  • Snooth User: fthead9
    28066369
    3.50 5
    Vintage: 2008 06/25/2011

    Another outstanding lush pinot from Sanford. Deep ruby red color hints at the rich cherry that envelopes your first taste buds.


    Snooth User: Nicki Gig
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    3.00 5
    Vintage: 2007 01/16/2010

    bing cherry and light smokiness/cedar on the nose, lots of red fruit on the plate, light and delicate and some underlying earth tones and a little smoke


    Snooth User: fthead9
    28066369
    4.00 5
    Vintage: 2007 09/26/2009

    Outstanding pinot, very rich, big fruit. Love this wine, highly recommended.

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  • Snooth User: fthead9
    28066369
    3.00 5
    Vintage: 2007 02/13/2009

    Good but not great at the price. Has less of the bursting cherry that I love in the 2006 Sanford La Rinconada Pinot Noir.


    Snooth User: fthead9
    28066369
    4.00 5
    Vintage: 2007 04/12/2009

    Very rich Pinot, luscious cherry dominates. This is an excellent wine worth the price.

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    External Reviews for Sanford Pinot Noir

    External Review
    Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
    Vintage: 2010 06/21/2014

    Much more interesting is the 2010 Pinot Noir Sanford & Benedict Vineyard. Locked and loaded with big blackberry, red cherry, sappy underbrush, spice and crushed flower-like qualities, it is the richest of the Pinots and has a layered, textured profile that’s hard to resist. Enjoy it over the coming decade. Drink now–2023.


    External Review
    Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
    Vintage: 2010 06/21/2014

    Muscle-bound and potent, with a dense, concentrated and firmly tannic mix of crushed rock, dried berry, black cherry and floral notes. Begs for some cellaring. Best from 2013 through 2025.


    External Review
    Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
    Vintage: 2010 07/06/2014

    Rich, full and deeply flavored, impressive for its mix of dark cherry, spice, mineral and cedar, unfolding to reveal even more facets, with touches of anise and black licorice. Should only get better. Best from 2013 through 2023.


    External Review
    Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
    Vintage: 2010 07/06/2014

    More reserved, with pure, clean aromas and flavors, the 2010 Pinot Noir La Rinconada is medium-bodied, rich and layered, with sound overall balance and structure. There’s beautiful typicity here and it should benefit from short-term cellaring and have 10–12 years of ultimate longevity. Drink 2015–2022.


    External Review
    Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
    Vintage: 2010 06/21/2014

    Bright ruby-red. Complex aromas of blackberry, cherry compote and bitter chocolate, with subtle floral and smoky nuances. Supple and smoky in the mouth, with dense dark berry flavors enlivened by juicy acidity. Shows impressive energy on the persistent finish, which features silky tannins and a suave floral pastille quality.


    External Review
    Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
    Vintage: 2010 06/25/2014

    This is a fancy restaurant-style Pinot Noir. That means it’s dry, silky and rich, and has that elusive, undefinable quality of elegance that can accompany the finest Pinot-friendly foods, such as steak, lamb, grilled tuna or a wild mushroom risotto. It’s tantalizingly crisp, with complex cherry, cola and spice flavors. Drink now and through 2016.


    External Review
    Vintage: 2009 03/14/2012

    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.


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    Exclusively sourced from Sanford's historic Sanford and Bendict vineyard in the Santa Rita Hills. The silky palate delivers bright berry flavors framed nicely by bright acidity and ripe tannins.

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    Alcohol: 14.0%

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