Sanford Winery Pinot Noir Santa Barbara County 2010
This vintage of Sanford's renowned Santa Rita Hills Pinot Noir is bursting with bright red fruit and hints of pepper with bright acidity and soft tannins. Estate grown fruit and mix of vineyard blocks give this wine great complexity COLOR Brilliant Red AROMA Raspberry and Bing cherry with hints of pepper and dried flowers TASTE Silky berry flavors framed nicely by bright acidity and supple tannins Length/Type of Fermentation: 14 Day/Open Top Tank Length/Type of Aging: The wine was aged in French Oak barrels (30% new oak) for 10 months where it gained concentration and picked up hints of vanilla and cinnamon
External Reviews for Sanford Winery Pinot Noir Santa Barbara County
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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|Total Acidity: 6.40 grams per liter|
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