The 2018 Sanford Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir is a blend of fruit from both of our estate vineyards: the historic Sanford & Benedict Vineyard (72%) and La Rinconada Vineyard (28%). These singular vineyards are in the heart of the Sta. Rita Hills appellation. A wide range of Pinot Noir selections are planted on these sites, and this wine is a blend of 8 of them from several different soil types. 2018 was the coolest vintage we have had since 2011, gracing thesewines with more spice and savory character, and an elegant palate.
This Pinot Noir is dark ruby in color and is very spice driven on the nose with cloves, lavender, wild mushrooms, and forest floor. The palate delivers spice and savory, dark fruits, espresso, and leather with balanced acid and suave tannin structure, which carries the lovely finish. The wine was aged in French Oak barrels (25% new oak) for 11 months where it gained complexity and elegance.
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