Pinot Noir 'Sanford & Benedict', Racines
A combination of three parcels throughout the great S&B Vineyard | Two of the plantings about 10-12 years old, the third from the original 1971 plantings | Native yeast fermentation | Aged for 18 months in French oak (40% new) | 327 cases produced
Santa Rita Hills
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Press & Reviews
The 2017 Pinot Noir Sanford & Benedict is sensual, silky and impeccable in its balance. There is lovely nuance in the glass to match the wine's mid-weight, restrained personality. Sweet floral notes and purplish fruit linger in the glass. My impression is that the 2017 is still recovering from its relatively recent bottling. We will see.
This was the Pinot Noir – the crown jewel – that inspired the entire current generation of southern California winemakers. I first tasted it in the 1980s, on assignment from Playboy magazine no less, when the appellation didn’t yet exist. The vineyard itself was established in 1971 by maverick vintners Richard Sanford and Michael Benedict. Countless advice at the time warned the two men that they were out of their minds, for the region was considered way too close to the Pacific Ocean and therefore too cold to grow grapes. Once the vineyard was proven, Richard Sanford established his eponymous winery and began making elegant, liltingly long Pinot Noir with the Sanford & Benedict grapes. Today, Sanford winery is owned by the Terlato Wine Company. Drinking Window: 2016-2026