2005 Sanford & Benedict Vineyard Pinot Noir

Tasting notes from winemaker Bill Brosseau: Medium red color. This Sanford & Benedict Pinot is all about spice! Black pepper, mint, and vanilla bean comprise of the initial aromas. Some notes of custard pair nicely with the vanilla bean. The texture of this wine is crisp and an even balance of cherry and black pepper. This wine shows incredible balance and a supple finish. While this isn’t the biggest Pinot we made this year, it makes up for with it’s richness. Drink now through 2013.

The 130-acre Sanford & Benedict Vineyard was planted in 1971, in what is now called the Santa Rita Hills, one of the most exciting Pinot Noir and Chardonnay growing areas in the country. It is currently owned by Robert Atkin and has, for over three decades, been considered one of the crown jewels of Santa Barbara County. The shaley-clay loam soil adds character to all the wines from this vineyard. Tasting notes: Medium red color. This Sanford & Benedict Pinot is all about spice! Black pepper, mint, and vanilla bean comprise of the initial aromas. Some notes of custard pair nicely with the vanilla bean. The texture of this wine is crisp and an even balance of cherry and black pepper. This wine shows incredible balance and a supple finish. While this isn’t the biggest Pinot we made this year, it makes up for with it’s richness. Drink now through 2013

 

This vineyard is renowned for rich and concentrated Pinot Noirs dominated by complex cherry, wild berry, and raspberry fruit. Complementary layers of spicy lavender, tea, anise, and cola flavors make every Testarossa Sanford & Benedict Vineyard Pinot Noir a symphony of aromas and flavor. Hints of dried mushroom and smoky vanilla tantalize the palate on the silky smooth long, long finish.