Sanford Santa Rita Hills Pinot Noir

£101.25

for the equivalent of £33.75 a bottle
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Grower: Sanford
Grape Variety: Pinot Noir
Style: Ripe and Rich
Country: USA
Appellation: Santa Rita Hills
Vintage: 2020/21
Closure: CORK
Alcohol: 13.5% ABV
Bottle Size: 75cl

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A beautiful garnet red in colour. The bouquet of incredible richness of aromas such as blackberry and black plum with accents of sarsaparilla, wood smoke and thyme. An explosion of flavours on the palate brings hints of black raspberry and ripe plum with a touch of ocean salinity and smokiness. The luxurious texture is richly layered, superbly balancing smooth tannins with a gentle thread of acidity on the finish.

Botanist Michael Benedict and his friend Richard Sanford were committed to finding a cool climate region and a location where they could plant and grow grapes and craft wines, where the quality might equal the best of the best in Europe. His analysis took him to a unique part of the Santa Ynez Valley in Santa Barbara County and right to the foot of the property that would ultimately become the Sanford & Benedict vineyard. The first vines were planted in 1971, and soon the Pinot Noir from this remote vineyard created a buzz. Others soon followed, wanting to capture the magic of this place. It was the Sanford & Benedict Vineyard which would form the backbone of what is now the Sta. Rita Hills AVA and it was also this vineyard that supplied the cuttings for many of the surrounding vineyards. It is this balance of farmed versus unfarmed land on the ranches which helps us in creating and maintaining a balanced ecosystem and the ideal growing environment.

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