Sanford Pinot Noir Santa Rita Hills – Sta. Rita Hills 2006, 88 points

Sanford Pinot Noir Santa Rita Hills – Sta. Rita Hills

(USA, California, Central Coast, Santa Rita Hills – Sta. Rita Hills)

Had this wine at Blue Sea in the MGM Grand. This pinot went very well with some caviar on my first course. The color was a typical pinot.  The nose had bing cherry, vanilla, raspberries, rhubarb and pipe tobacco.  The palate was a little hot on the alcohol to start.  Good initial bright red fruits but the tannins were a touch too much.  The mid palate was soft and a little creamy with strawberries and the finish was longer with some English tea, smokey.  This was a nice Pinot but I think it needs a couple years to settle a little.

From their site:   http://www.sanfordwinery.com/productinfotabs.aspx?ProductID=1478

The 2007 Sanford Santa Rita Hills Pinot Noir is a blend of from our estate vineyard, La Rinconada, and the historic Sanford and Benedict Vineyard next door. A mix of vineyard blocks and several different clones gives this wine added complexity. The wine is deep violet red in color and is bursting with black cherry and plum, pepper and sage on the nose. The palate delivers dusty berry flavors framed nicely by bright acidity and supple tannins.
  • Vineyard(s): La Rinconada, Sanford and Benedict
  • Brix at Harvest: 25.0
  • Residual Sugar: None
  • Alcohol: 14.5%
  • Bottling Dates: August 2008
  • Varietal: Pinot Noir

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