Cart 0 items: $0.00

Au Bon Climat

TOP
Wine Specs
Vintage
2017
Varietal
Pinot Noir
Appellation
Santa Rita Hills
Alcohol %
13.5

2017 Pinot Noir Sanford & Benedict Vineyard

Historic Vineyards Collection

From one of the great Pinot vineyards of the world. The wine has a nose of perfumed red and black cherries, star anise and earth, feeling a touch youthfully reticent. The palate is silky and expansive with nuanced, spice-laced berry flavor layers energized by lip-smacking acidity, and it finishes very long and nuanced. Scored 95+ points from Robert Parker's Wine Advocate; 92 points Wine Enthusiast.

In Stock
Add To Cart
$50.00
 
SKU: PNYHV17D

Planted in 1971, the fruit we use is selected from the oldest section of Sanford & Benedict 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. 50% of the fruit was whole cluster fermented to further increase intensity and spice.

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.

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Score: 95+  "The 2017 Pinot Noir Sanford & Benedict Vineyard is a singular, gorgeous wine, made from the second set of vines planted on the site, with about 50% whole cluster. "The really old vines are planted east-west, so I don't like those," says Jim Clendenen. "We don't use much whole cluster anymore, but that's what gives this its spice." Pale to medium ruby, it has a nose of perfumed red and black cherries, star anise and tree bark, feeling a touch youthfully reticent. The palate is silky and expansive with nuanced, spice-laced flavor layers energized by lip-smacking acidity, and it finishes very long and nuanced. Only 90 cases were made."


Product Reviews
Add A Product Review
E-Mail me when someone reviews this product
Leave this field blank: