Sanford Pinot Noir Santa Rita Hills Sta. Rita Hills 2005

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Deep violet red color. Bing cherry, raspberry, pepper and clove with hints of vanilla and licorice. Wild berry flavor...

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Still drinking well, living up to it's promise several years ago. Bright ruby in color, very clear. Aromas of cherry, pine, and cedar. These are ec... Read more

Bright pinot, with raspberry and clove aromas and palate. Nice acidity. Some oak. Will be better with age. Not for drinking right now. Read more

Great fruit in mid-palette and supple tannins, needs cellaring. Drink 2010-2012 if you can keep from drinking it! Read more

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User Reviews for Sanford Pinot Noir Santa Rita Hills Sta. Rita Hills

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Snooth User: drdebs
6497900
4.00 5
12/27/2007

Still drinking well, living up to it's promise several years ago. Bright ruby in color, very clear. Aromas of cherry, pine, and cedar. These are echoed in the palate, which picks up notes of clove and allspice. A spicy Santa Rita pinot, not a lot of weight in the mid-palate. Will seal and retaste tomorrow. This still may not be quite at its best, and may still improve a bit over the next 12-24 mos. 3 days later: this wine continues to open up and develop, and the flavors are more knit together and integrated so I've notched it up a bit. This has become much smoother, less hot, and more classically pinot in its profile with aromas of wet earth, cherry, and that distinctive note of Sanford clove. It will never have much weight in the mid-palate but this is still not ready to drink. If you have some, try to wait.


Snooth User: drdebs
6497900
4.00 5
11/30/2006

Bright pinot, with raspberry and clove aromas and palate. Nice acidity. Some oak. Will be better with age. Not for drinking right now.


Snooth User: Have61willdrink
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3.50 5
12/10/2007

Great fruit in mid-palette and supple tannins, needs cellaring. Drink 2010-2012 if you can keep from drinking it!


External Reviews for Sanford Pinot Noir Santa Rita Hills Sta. Rita Hills

External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/23/2011

Readers will enjoy a lush, sexy, smoky, chocolate/cherry-flavored 1997 Pinot Noir. Round and lush, with a dark ruby color and abundant fruit, it requires consumption over the next 1-2 years.


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Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/23/2011

A ripe, supple and harmonious red with an attractive range of plum, dried cherry, anise, sage and spice, holding its focus and bowing out with a long, rich aftertaste. Very impressive - among the best of the '97 California Pinots. Drink now through 2006.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/23/2011

A great example of Californian Pinot Noir from the Central Coast. Rich texture and medium to full body make this wine a great match for grilled or roasted meats.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/23/2011

Fine depth, with earth, leather and coffee notes accenting the berry fruit. Fairly lean in profile, with a tart edge at this point, but good length. Best to cellar for a year or two.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/23/2011

Pleasantly earthy, with mineral and dusty berry flavors that are complex, if on a modest scale. Drink now.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/23/2011

The 2000 Pinot Noir has aromas of dark plums, blackberries and dark cherries. More polished than the 1999 vintage, the 2000 will pair well with traditional Pinot Noir foods such as salmon and duck, but it is big enough to drink with grilled beef.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/23/2011

What a nice glass of Pinot this is. It shows off the terroir of its famous appellation very well, with high acidity perking up cherry, cola, tea, spice and mineral flavors, and with a wonderful balance. It's not a cheap wine, but is a comparative value.


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Ratings & Tags for Sanford Pinot Noir Santa Rita Hills Sta. Rita Hills

384041 Snooth User: HarlettA
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3.00 5
02/15/2010

37228 Snooth User: rva1115
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2.00 5
12/02/2007

Winemaker's Notes:

Deep violet red color. Bing cherry, raspberry, pepper and clove with hints of vanilla and licorice. Wild berry flavors framed nicely by bright acidity and supple tannins.

Deep violet red color. Bing cherry, raspberry, pepper and clove with hints of vanilla and licorice. Wild berry flavors framed nicely by bright acidity and supple tannins.

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