Sanford Winery Pinot Noir Santa Barbara County 2010

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This vintage of Sanford's renowned Santa Rita Hills Pinot Noir is bursting with bright red fruit and hints of pepper ...

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Lush cherry, hint of floral but overall a very rich elegant pinot. A little pricey but worth it. Read more

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

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 ... Read more

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Snooth User: fthead9
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4.00 5
Vintage: 2008 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
    28066369
    3.50 5
    Vintage: 2008 06/25/2011

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


    Snooth User: Nicki Gig
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    3.00 5
    Vintage: 2007 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
    Vintage: 2007 04/12/2009

    Very rich Pinot, luscious cherry dominates. This is an excellent wine worth the price.

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  • Snooth User: fthead9
    28066369
    3.00 5
    Vintage: 2007 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: dbhonig
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    4.00 5
    Vintage: 2006 02/15/2009

    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.


    Snooth User: fthead9
    28066369
    4.50 5
    Vintage: 2006 02/13/2009

    Outstanding Pinot, very rich cherry flavors.


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    External Reviews for Sanford Winery Pinot Noir Santa Barbara County

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    Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
    06/21/2014

    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.


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    Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
    06/21/2014

    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.


    External Review
    Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
    06/25/2014

    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.


    External Review
    Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
    06/21/2014

    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.


    External Review
    Vintage: 2009 03/14/2012

    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.


    External Review
    Vintage: 2008 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
    Vintage: 2008 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


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    Winemaker's Notes:

    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

    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

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    Chemical Analysis:

    Alcohol: 14.5%
    Total Acidity: 6.40 grams per liter

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