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2013 Pinot Noir Sanford & Benedict Vineyard
Wine Specs
Pinot Noir
Santa Rita Hills
Alcohol %

2013 Pinot Noir Sanford & Benedict Vineyard

Historic Vineyards Collection

Bright berry fruit and depth with the tight structure, spice and mineral notes singular to this vineyard location. It is a promising beauty needing more time to show off all it has to offer. Extremely limited.

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Planted in 1971, the fruit we use is selected from the oldest section of Sanford & Bendict Vineyard located in the very cool Sta. Rita Hills appellation. It is truly one of the great Pinot vineyards of America.

After careful hand picking in the early morning hours, the grapes arrived at the winery nice and cold.  Cold grapes give time for a cold soak and a slower fermentation. During the cold, extended soak, the fruit driven aromas and flavors were extracted from the grapes. The slower fermentation also assisted in the gradual extraction of additional aromas and flavors as the alcohol content slowly rises. 

After the grapes reached dryness, the grapes were pressed, and the wine was put in new french oak Francois Frères barrels. The wine was gently racked in the late spring and was returned to barrel for a total of 22 months. No fining or filtration was necessary.

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