Pinot Noir - Sanford & Benedict Vineyard
2015
2013
2012
2011
2010

2015 was the first of our warm, dry years. An early season with near perfect conditions during flowering led to great fruit set. The vintage gave rich, full, approachable wines that will age well for years to come. The 2015 Sanford & Benedict Pinot Noir was exclusively sourced from our historic estate vineyard in the esteemed Sta. Rita Hills AVA. Planted in 1971, this iconic vineyard consistently produces distinctively superb Pinot Noir. This savory, elegant and layered wine will pair beautifully with duck cassoulet or porcini mushroom risotto.

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Wine Notes
Color
Vibrant Red
Aroma
Exudes earth aromas of dried herbs & spice with hints of cherry and rhubarb
Taste
The silky palate is framed nicely by balanced acidity and ripe tannins
Product Information
Vintage: 
2015
Type:
Red
Grape Variety Used: 
100% 
Pinot Noir
Appellation: 
Santa Rita Hills
Alcohol: 
14.00%
Length/Type of Fermentation: 
14 days in stainless steel open top tank
Length/Type of Aging: 
Aged in French Oak barrels (50% new) for 14 months
Bottled Date: 
Tuesday, December 1, 2015
Release Date:
Wednesday, June 1, 2016
Packaging Available:
  • 6
     - 
    750 ML

The 2013 vintage was uncannily similar to 2012. A long season with near perfect condition during the growing season resulted in wines that are enjoyable upon release but will age well for years to come. The 2013 Sanford & Benedict Pinot Noir was exclusively sourced from our historic estate vineyard in the esteemed Sta. Rita Hills AVA. Planted in 1971, this iconic vineyard consistently produces distinctly superb Pinot Noir. This 2013 wine exudes earth aromas of dried herbs & spice with hints of cherry and rhubarb. In addition to the enticing fruit and earth, this Pinot exhibits lovely floral aromas. The silky palate is framed nicely by balanced acidity and ripe tannins. Aged in French Oak barrels for 14 months where it gained concentration and complexity, this wine will improve in the bottle for 5-10 years with proper cellaring.  

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Wine Notes
Color
Vibrant Red
Aroma
Exudes earth aromas of dried herbs & spice with hints of cherry and rhubarb
Taste
The silky palate is framed nicely by balanced acidity and ripe tannins
Product Information
Vintage: 
2013
Type:
Red
Grape Variety Used: 
100% 
Pinot Noir
Appellation: 
Santa Rita Hills
Alcohol: 
13.50%
Length/Type of Fermentation: 
14 days in stainless steel open top tank
Length/Type of Aging: 
Aged in French Oak barrels (50% new) for 14 months
Bottled Date: 
Tuesday, December 1, 2015
Release Date:
Wednesday, June 1, 2016
Packaging Available:
  • 6
     - 
    750 ML

The 2012 Sanford and Benedict Pinot Noir is exclusively sourced from our historic estate vineyard in the esteemed Santa Rita Hills AVA. Planted in 1971, this iconic vineyard consistently produces distinctively superb Pinot Noir. It has been named one of the five most important vineyards in California by Wine Enthusiast and numerous producers seek to buy its fruit each year, often creating their own vineyard designated wines from Sanford & Benedict. As the grower, Sanford has the choice of vineyard blocks and only selects the finest to become this single vineyard wine.

 

The 2012 vintage was as close to perfect as a winemaker can ask. A long season with ideal conditions in the summer and fall resulted in wines that while approachable upon release, will age well for years to come. The 2012 wine exudes earthy aromas of dried herbs, cherry and cranberry. In addition to the enticing fruit and earth, this lovely Pinot exhibits floral and spice aromas. The silky palate is framed nicely by balanced acidity and ripe tannins. 

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Wine Notes
Color
Vibrant Red
Aroma
Exudes earthy aromas of dried herbs, cherry and cranberry, as well as floral and spice aromas
Taste
The silky palate is framed nicely by balanced acidity and ripe tannins.
Product Information
Vintage: 
2012
Type:
Red
Grape Variety Used: 
100% 
Pinot Noir
Appellation: 
Santa Rita Hills
Alcohol: 
14.20%
Length/Type of Fermentation: 
14 days in stainless steel open top tank
Length/Type of Aging: 
Aged in French oak barrels (50% new) for 15 months
Bottled Date: 
Monday, December 15, 2014
Release Date:
Monday, June 1, 2015
Cases Produced: 
750
Packaging Available:
  • 6
     - 
    750 ML

The 2011 Sanford and Benedict Pinot Noir is exclusively sourced from our historic estate vineyard in the esteemed Santa Rita Hills AVA. Planted in 1971 this iconic vineyard consistently produces distinctively superb Pinot Noir. The 2011 wine has vibrant red color and exudes earthy aromas of dried herbs, raspberry and cranberry. In addition to the enticing fruit and earth, this lovely Pinot exhibits floral and spice aromas. The silky palate delivers bright berry flavors framed nicely by bright acidity and ripe tannins.

 

Aged in French oak barrels for 14 months where it gained concentration and complexity, this wine will improve in the bottle for 5 to 10 years with proper cellaring

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Wine Notes
Color
Vibrant Red
Aroma
Aromas of dried herbs, raspberry and cranberry.
Taste
The silky palate delivers bright berry flavors framed nicely by bright acidity and ripe tannins.
Product Information
Vintage: 
2011
Type:
Red
Grape Variety Used: 
100% 
Pinot Noir
Appellation: 
Santa Rita Hills
Alcohol: 
14.00%
Length/Type of Fermentation: 
14 days in stainless steel open top tank
Length/Type of Aging: 
Aged in French Oak barrels (50% new) for 14 months.
Bottled Date: 
Tuesday, January 1, 2013
Release Date:
Thursday, May 1, 2014
Cases Produced: 
1,200
Packaging Available:
  • 6
     - 
    750 ML

The 2010 Sanford and Benedict Pinot Noir is exclusively sourced from our historic estate vineyard in the esteemed Sta. Rita Hills AVA. Planted in 1971, this iconic vineyard consistently produces distinctively superb Pinot Noir. The 2008 wine is vibrant red in color and exudes aromas of bing cherry, raspberry and rhubarb. In addition to the enticing fruit, this lovely Pinot exhibits aromas of dried herbs and white pepper. The silky palate delivers bright spicy raspberry flavors framed nicely by bright acidity and ripe tannins.

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Wine Notes
Color
Vibrant Red
Aroma
Loaded with raspberry, bing cherry, and rhubarbs as well as aromas of dried herbs and white pepper.
Taste
Silky palate delivers spicy raspberry flavors framed nicely by bright acidity and ripe tannins.
Product Information
Vintage: 
2010
Type:
Red
Grape Variety Used: 
Pinot Noir
Appellation: 
Santa Rita Hills
Alcohol: 
14.50%
Acid Level: 
6.50 g/l
Sugar Level:
No residual sugars
Length/Type of Fermentation: 
100% malolactic fermentation.
Length/Type of Aging: 
Aged in French Oak barrels for 10 months where it gained concentration and complexity.
Bottled Date: 
Saturday, August 1, 2009
Cases Produced: 
950
Packaging Available:
  • 6
     - 
    750 ML