TASTING NOTES: The silky palate is framed nicely by balanced acidity and ripe tannins.
AROMA NOTES: Earthy aromas of dried brush, earth and spicy red fruits. In addition to the enticing fruit and earth, this Pinot exhibits lovely floral aromas.
WINEMAKER NOTES: 2014 was the first of our warm, dry years. An early season with near perfect conditions during flowering led to great fruit set. The vintage gave rich, full, approachable wines that will age well for years to come. The 2014 Sanford & Benedict Pinot Noir was exclusively sourced from our historic estate vineyard in the esteemed Sta. Rita Hills AVA. Planted in 1971, this iconic vineyard consistently produces distinctively superb Pinot Noir. The 2014 wine exudes earthy aromas of dried brush, earth and spicy red fruits. The bright, silky palate is balanced with acidity and ripe tannins. Aged in French Oak barrels for 13 months where it gained concentration and complexity, this wine will improve in the bottle for 5 to 10 years with proper cellaring. This savory, elegant and layered wine will pair beautifully with duck cassoulet or porcini mushroom risotto.