Sanford Pinot Noir 2020
|Region||California, Central Coast, Sta. Rita Hills|
Rich aromas of black cherry, cola, nutmeg and snickerdoodle remain fresh and lively on the nose of this bottling. Brisk acidity frames the dark-cherry flavors, which are enhanced by hints of vanilla and more cola.
The 2019 Pinot Noir Sta. Rita Hills comes mainly from younger vines in the Sanford & Benedict (44%) and La Rinconada (56%) vineyards planted to a wide range of clonal selections. Pale ruby-purple, it's scented of red and black berries, orange peel, forest floor and bitters. The palate is open and spicy, with a silky texture, refreshing acidity and a touch of classy baking spice from its 11 months in 25% new French oak. It's a bright, pure style this vintage and excellent quality for an appellation bottling. 88,548 cases produced.
The 2019 Pinot Noir (Sta. Rita Hills) is a gorgeous, entry-level offering. Crushed flowers, lavender, rose petal and mint all grace this wonderfully translucent Pinot Noir. The purity of the fruit is just remarkable. This appellation-level wine is a blend from La Rinconada and Sanford & Benedict.
Another great value out there for readers who love impeccably made, elegant Pinot Noir is the 2019 Pinot Noir Sta. Rita Hills. Revealing a slightly deep ruby hue as well as ample darker cherry and currant fruits, it's medium-bodied and has a spicy, complex, earthy bouquet, outstanding balance, and a great finish.