2017 Sanford & Benedict Pinot Noir
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.
2017 was an early, warm vintage with a generous crop, but the wines in general have such a harmony of both crispy fresh acid and generous, juicy fruit.
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 2017 Pinot Noir Sanford & Benedict is energetic, lean and expressively aromatic. It captures the essence of S&B. Mid-weight and nicely perfumed, the 2017 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 54 unfined cases of this wine in April 2019 after 18 months in neutral and 2-year-old French Oak.
54 cases produced