2019 Sanford & Benedict Pinot Noir
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Making wine from Sanford & Benedict is a privilege. The fruit for this wine is from the original 1971 own-rooted plantings, the genesis of Santa Rita Hills Pinot Noir. This vineyard has been tended from the start with love and care, resulting in vines that produce wines of amazing complexity and striking purity.
This is a taught, crunchy pinot that shows its cool climate near the ocean on Santa Rosa Road. This wine has an energy and life that is hard to describe, and even harder to find; it is the result of the confluence of a special site, vine age, and a kind vintage.
Our 2019 Pinot Noir Sanford & Benedict is energetic, lean, and expressively aromatic. It captures the essence of S&B. Mid-weight and nicely perfumed, the 2019 S&B is a pretty wine to drink now and over the next few years.
In this vintage, we included about one-third of the whole cluster fruit in the fermentation because we had beautiful stems at harvest.
We bottled 75 unfined cases of this wine in April 2020 after 18 months in neutral and 2-year-old French Oak.