Sanford Pinot Noir Santa Rita 2006
Tobacco, spice, and light smokiness on the nose draw you into the 2006 Sanford and Benedict Pinot Noir, which then opens up to envelope you with the more fruit-driven aromas of red fruit and cherry cola. On the palate the fruit builds even further with cherry, blackberry, and black cherry, still paired off with cola, tobacco, and toastiness, and over time a slight floral character develops on both the palate and the nose. The fruit from this vineyard expresses itself with a wonderful balance of nuanced flavors, bold fruit character, and great structure, with supple tannins and good acidity to carry the palate through a smooth finish.
Night One The nose on Night One was delicious. The Little Wooden Guy and I spent 20 minutes just enjoying the aromas wafting from the glass before taking our first sips. It offered rich black cherries and the slightly hay and musty smell of dried strawberries. The fruit was well-complemented by white pepper, asian spice, and anise. Then, at the very back of the sinuses, at the end of a long, lingering inhalation, just a little tickle at the back of your head, came a hint of smoke and candied orange peel.On the palate the black cherries took the lead, followed by ripe strawberries. The texture was very soft,, creamy, and there was a taste of english black tea heavy with cream, as well as a hint of holiday spice. There was a definite midpalate, cream, earth, and increased tartness as the strawberries morphed into raspberries. Tannins were smooth and sweet, acid bright, and a strong vein of minerality was there throughout. The finish, I am sorry to say, was rather bitter, apple seeds and almond skins. The bitterness cut right through the creamy fruity sweetness, creating a sense of disappointment after such promise. The finish alone kept this good wine from being great.Night TwoThere was not much change from Night One to Night Two. It was, perhaps, a bit darker on the nose, with slightly reduced acid. The only other change was that the orange peel was a bit more prevalent. On the palate, too, little change. I had hoped the bitterness would subside but, alas, it did not. At least, not much.Conclusion? This is good wine. The bitterness might work better, or be better masked, with food. That said the finish truly kept this from being something I could enthusiastically recommend at its price point.
Outstanding Pinot, very rich cherry flavors.
I loved this wine. It is so fruity as the label on the outside. For this price it is a real bargain. When I tasted the wine the first time I liked it so much that I bought a bottle and drank it with my girlfriend for Christmas. Lots of light berries, some spices and it dos not need long to open up. Just drink and enjoy it.
One of my favorite Pinots
smooth and easy drinking. very light in color and tannins.
This Pinot from the central coast is just above the middle of the road. But it is consistant and gradually getting better as time passes. The price has climbed over the years as well due to it's growing popularity.
External Reviews for Sanford Pinot Noir Santa Rita
Wine Tasting NotesThe La Rinconada Pinot Noir is a blend of from our estate vineyard, La Rinconada, and the historic Sanford and Benedict Vineyard next door. A mix of vineyard blocks and several different clones gives this wine added complexity. The wine is deep violet red in color and is bursting with raspberry, black cherry, pepper and clove on the nose. The palate delivers dusty berry flavors framed nicely by bright acidity and supple tannins.
The Wine News ReviewRated 92Cherry and cranberry aromas with a wisp of a smoky oak. Delicate cherry and red licorice flavors with a note of bell pepper. Lengthy finish with dusty, fine tannins and cleansing, fresh acidity.Wine Tasting NotesThe Sanford Santa Rita Hills Pinot Noir is a blend of Pinot from all three of our vineyards in the esteemed Santa Rita Hills AVA. A mix of vineyard blocks and several different clones gives this wine added complexity. The wine is deep violet red in color and is bursting with black cherry, plum, and clove on the nose. The palate delivers cherry flavors framed nicely by bright acidity and supple tannins.