2014 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.
2014 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 2014 Pinot Noir Sanford & Benedict is pliant, supple and expressive. It captures the essence of S&B. Mid-weight and nicely perfumed, the 2014 S&B is a pretty wine to drink now and over the next few years.
In this vintage we halved the whole cluster inclusion to about 15% because the early harvest did not allow the stems to get fully ripe.
We bottled 148 unfined and unfiltered cases of this wine in February 2016 after 16 months in neutral and 2-year-old French Oak.
148 cases produced