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Sanford Pinot Noir Santa Rita Hills 2008

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Winemaker's notes:The 2008 Sanford Santa Rita Hills Pinot Noir is a blend of from our two estate vineyards La Rinconada and the historic Sanford and Benedict Vineyard. Both of these stellar vineyar

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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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Member Reviews for Sanford Pinot Noir Santa Rita Hills

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Snooth User: fthead9
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4.00 5
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
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    3.50 5
    06/25/2011

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


    External Reviews for Sanford Pinot Noir Santa Rita Hills

    External Review
    Source: WineExpress.com
    02/06/2011

    Since it’s founding in the early 1980’s Sanford Vineyards has produced outstanding Pinot Noirs that started the discussion of this area of the Central Coast being California’s "Cote D’Or". Today of course the Santa Rita Hills have been given their own AVA and are considered one of the best regions for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay in California. This 2008 is a blend of from the two estate vineyards, La Rinconada, and the historic Sanford and Benedict Vineyard. Both of these stellar vineyards are in the heart of the Santa Rita Hills. Aged in French Oak barrels (30% new oak) for 10 months. Wine & Spirits magazine scored it 91 points and said "Fresh and bright, this wine’s detail lies in the texture of its tannins. They bring a tight elasticity to the structure as well as the warmth of sun on sand. Dark, meaty fruit fills it out—a match for roast partridge."


    External Review
    Source: Bowery And Vine
    06/27/2011

    The wine is brilliant red in color and is bursting with raspberry, cranberry, pepper and sage on the nose. The palate delivers silky berry flavors framed nicely by bright acidity and supple tannins.


    External Review
    Source: NapaCabs.com
    04/13/2011

    Winery Notes - The 2009 Sanford Santa Rita Hills Pinot Noir is a blend of from our two estate vineyards: La Rinconada (65%) and the historic Sanford and Benedict Vineyard (35%). Both of these stellar vineyards are in the heart of the Santa Rita Hills. A mix of vineyard blocks and several different clones gives this wine great complexity. 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. The palate delivers silky berry flavors framed nicely by bright acidity and supple tannins. The wine was allowed to age in French Oak barrels (30% new oak) for 10 months where it gained concentration and picked up hints of vanilla and cinnamon.


    External Review
    Source: CityWineCellar.com
    12/23/2010

    Winemaker's notes:The 2008 Sanford Santa Rita Hills Pinot Noir is a blend of from our two estate vineyards, La Rinconada, and the historic Sanford and Benedict Vineyard. Both of these stellar vineyards are in the heart of the Santa Rita Hills. A mix of vineyard blocks and several different clones gives this wine great complexity. The wine is brilliant red in color and is bursting with raspberry, cranberry, pepper and sage on the nose. The palate delivers silky berry flavors framed nicely by bright acidity and supple tannins. The wine was allowed to age in French Oak barrels (30% new oak) for 10 months where it gained concentration and picked up hints of vanilla and cinnamon.


    External Review
    Source: CityWineCellar.com
    04/12/2011

    Winemaker's notes:The 2008 Sanford Santa Rita Hills Pinot Noir is a blend of from our two estate vineyards, La Rinconada, and the historic Sanford and Benedict Vineyard. Both of these stellar vineyar


    External Review
    Source: NapaCabs.com
    07/06/2011

    Winemaker Notes - The wine is deep ruby red in color and is exploding with spicy cherry and earthy raspberry aromas, with a hint of anise and white pepper. The palate delivers flavors of black cherry framed nicely by bright acidity and ripe mouth coating tannins. The wine was allowed to age in French Oak barrels (50% New) for 10 months where it gained concentration and a velvety texture. While enjoyable now, this wine has the balance and concentration to age gracefully for the next 5 to 10 years.



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    Winemaker's notes:The 2008 Sanford Santa Rita Hills Pinot Noir is a blend of from our two estate vineyards La Rinconada and the historic Sanford and Benedict Vineyard. Both of these stellar vineyar

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