Sanford 2019 "Estate Grown" Pinot Noir Santa Rita Hills
"The 2019 Pinot Noir Sta. Rita Hills comes mainly from younger vines in the Sanford & Benedict (44%) and La Rinconada (56%) vineyards planted to a wide range of clonal selections. Pale ruby-purple, it's scented of red and black berries, orange peel, forest floor and bitters. The palate is open and spicy, with a silky texture, refreshing acidity and a touch of classy baking spice from its 11 months in 25% new French oak. It's a bright, pure style this vintage and excellent quality for an appellation bottling. 88,548 cases produced." Robert Parker 93 Points
"Dried sage, dark raspberry, snapped chaparral sticks and a hint of oak show on the nose of this appellation blend. The palate leans into rich baked-plum and berry-pie flavors, with ample clove, star anise and oak spices to round out the sip." Wine Enthusiast 93 Points
"Another great value out there for readers who love impeccably made, elegant Pinot Noir is the 2019 Pinot Noir Sta. Rita Hills. Revealing a slightly deep ruby hue as well as ample darker cherry and currant fruits, it's medium-bodied and has a spicy, complex, earthy bouquet, outstanding balance, and a great finish.
These Sanford releases arrived too late to make the Santa Barbara County report, but I’m happy to include them here. These all play in the more elegant, racy end of the spectrum, and the quality is sky high." Jeb Dunnick 91 Points