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Sanford Pinot Noir Santa Rita Hills 2007

Winemaker's Notes:

Deep violet red color. Black cherry and plum, pepper and sage aromas. Dusty berry flavors framed nicely by bright acidity and supple 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

Member Reviews for Sanford Pinot Noir Santa Rita Hills

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Snooth User: Nicki Gig
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3.00 5
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
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
    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
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    4.00 5
    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 Santa Rita Hills

    External Review
    Source: Fame Wine and Tobacco
    03/16/2010

    Sanford Winery Pinot Noir 2007 and all other wine from Sanford Winery are readily available to ship at discount prices. We carry many premium wine from across the world.


    External Review
    Source: Fame Wine and Tobacco
    03/16/2010

    Sanford Winery Pinot Noir 2007 Santa Rita Hills and all other wine from Sanford Winery are readily available to ship at discount prices. We carry many premium wine from across the world.


    External Review
    12/20/2009

    A Pinot Noir wine from California in USA. 2007 Sanford Pinot Noir Sanford and Benedict Vineyard 750ml


    External Review
    10/06/2009

    92 Wine News no further case discount


    External Review
    01/12/2010

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    External Review
    10/06/2009

    The 2007 Sanford Santa Rita Hills 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 black cherry and plum pepper and sage on the nose. The palate delivers dusty berry flavors framed nicely by bright acidity and supple tannins.


    External Review
    Source: Fame Wine and Tobacco
    03/16/2010

    Sanford Winery Pinot Noir 2007 Rinconada Vineyard and all other wine from Sanford Winery are readily available to ship at discount prices. We carry many premium wine from across the world.


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