DAMAGED LABEL: Sanford Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir 2021 (750 ml)

  • JD: 94
  • WS: 93
  • RP: 93

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Tasting Notes and Description

Tasting Notes For Sanford Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir 2021

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Sanford Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir 2021 is a stunning expression of the region's terroir, showcasing the unique characteristics of the two estate vineyards. On the nose, this wine opens with a bouquet of red fruits and baking spices, including ripe raspberry, cherry, cinnamon, and nutmeg. The palate is equally impressive, with flavors of black cherry, pomegranate, and a hint of earthiness that adds complexity to the wine. The supple tannins and fresh acidity make for a beautifully balanced wine that is easy to drink now, yet promises to age gracefully over the years to come.

Crafted by Sanford Winery, a pioneer in the Sta. Rita Hills appellation, this Pinot Noir is a true reflection of the winery's dedication to sustainable farming practices and minimal intervention winemaking. The grapes were carefully handpicked and sorted before undergoing fermentation with native yeasts. The wine was then aged in French oak barrels for 10 months, adding a subtle layer of toasty vanilla and spice notes that complement the fruit-driven flavors.

Critic Ratings

Jeb Dunnuck Review - Rated 94:

The entry level 2021 Pinot Noir Sta. Rita Hills comes from a mix of the Rinconada and Sanford & Benedict vineyards and spent 11 months in 27% new French oak. This ruby-hued effort gives up a gorgeous perfume of ripe raspberry and strawberry fruits as well as white flowers, spice, and a touch of chalky, mineral-like nuances. Medium-bodied, seamless, and balanced on the palate, it's just a flat-out beautiful expression of Sta.

Wine Spectator Review - Rated 93:
Ripe and juicy but restrained in style, with the core of black cherry and raspberry notes taking equal turns with dried anise, red and black tea and chaparral hints. Keeps a juicy edge through the finish, with a smoldering intensity. Drink now

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate Review - Rated 93:
Pale ruby, the 2021 Pinot Noir Sta. Rita Hills is scented of tar, cranberries, bergamot and garrigue with earthy touches. The medium-bodied palate is dusty in texture and very refreshing, featuring crunchy red fruits streaked with spices. This is easy to drink! Best After 2022.
Winery Sanford
Country United States
Region Sta. Rita Hills, California
Year 2021
Grape Varietal Pinot Noir
Size 750 ML
ABV 14.2%
Wine Style Red Wine

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