2021 Sanford & Benedict Pinot Noir
The Sanford & Benedict Vineyard is the oldest Pinot Noir vineyard in Santa Barbara County and was planted in 1971 by pioneers Richard Sanford and Michael Benedict. It is located just over four miles southwest of Pence Vineyards and is widely considered today as a ‘California Grand Cru’.
Tucked into the eastern side of the Sta. Rita Hills, with north-facing sun exposures, these old vines are planted on a complex mix of clay and an alluvial hard, dense rock known as chert. The S&B vineyard consistently delivers incredible fruit with purple floral aromatics and makes very structured, elegant and age-worthy wines. It is exactly this fascination with terroir and how it manifests itself through different vineyards that makes Pinot Noir so enjoyable to us.
We bought 4 tons of fruit this year and fermented it identically to our other Estate Pinot Noirs so that you can experience this special site’s nuances and complexities as equally as possible to other wines. The finished wine has significant structure and we see it easily evolving for the next 7-15 years.
-Pick Date- 9/13
-Acidity 5.8 g/L
-100% Destemmed. Fermented in concrete open top tanks, aged in 20% new 228L barriques