2016 Sanford & Benedict Vineyard Pinot Noir

Sanford & Benedict Vineyard’s Testarossa first vintage from this outstanding vineyard was in 2004 when it was still under the guidance of famed Richard Sanford, pioneer of the Sta. Rita Hills appellation. In 2007 the Terlato family took ownership of the vineyard, making it one of several of their grape-growing properties. This beautiful vineyard sits at just about 400 feet in elevation with a northern exposure, just southeast of Lompoc. The soil consists of well-drained gravelly loam mixed with clay and fragmented chert. The area is situated near an unusual valley perpendicular to the coast that allows funneled winds between the mountains and the sea that is ideal for growing cool-climate varietals such as Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.

Tasting Notes

Dark red hue. Wonderful, fruity scents of boysenberry, cherry, cranberry, and blackberry which are followed by notes of sage, jasmine, anise, and cassis. Upon taste, the flavors match the excitement in the aroma profile. The juicy tannins and supple acidity give pleasure and vibrancy to this enjoyable effort. This wine ends with intense fruit and minerals, reflecting where this Pinot Noir hails from. Enjoy now through 2025.

~Bill Brosseau, Diretor of Winemaking

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94 Points / Anthony Dias Blue (The SOMM Journal)

Elegant and silky, juicy and pure; from the first superstar Pinot vineyard in California; smooth and restrained, Burgundian and long with superb finesse and balance. Read more