2007 Sanford "La Rinconada" Sta. Rita Hills Chardonnay

SKU #1128776 93 points Wine Enthusiast

 *Editor's Choice* Rich in acids and steely minerals, which gives the wine a tart scour, grounding the pineapples, pears and honeyed oak. Very nice and classic, and should gradually develop bottle complexities through 2013. (Web-2009)

92 points The Wine News

 Pale yellow-gold hue. Sweet, smoky oak scents with undertones of apricot, peach and vanilla. Flavors of pineapple and caramel laced with minerals and crisp acids. Lengthy, even, sweet finish with wet stone-like mineral impressions.  (8/2009)

91 points Wine & Spirits

 Hidden behind oak flavors and a tight structure, this is hard to read at first. It's more open after a day of air, revealing zesty lemon and orange flavors in addition to rich vanilla and ripe apple notes. It will be brilliant with seared scallops after a year or two in the cellar.  (10/2009)

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Staff Image By: Alex Pross | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/18/2013 | Send Email
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Classic, it is a word that I don’t often attribute to California Chardonnay; but that was one of my first thoughts upon tasting the 2007 Sanford “La Rinconada” Sta. Rita Hills Chardonnay. Sanford winery which was established in 1971 was one of the pioneers in the Central Coast establishing such famous vineyards as Sanford & Benedict as well as La Rinconada both world-renowned for producing fantastic Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The 2007 Sanford “La Rinconada” Sta Rita Hills Chardonnay feels young and vibrant while many Chardonnays from California are starting to show signs of age this wine displays an alluring nose of lemon oil, tropical fruits and toasty vanilla accents. The palate is layered with pear, apple, hazelnut and spice notes with good acidity and a long, bright finish. At half-price this wine is an absolute steal and drinks like a fine burgundy from maybe Puligny-Montrachet or Mersault.
Drink from 2013 to 2014

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- It's hard to believe that up until about 30 years ago, this extremely popular varietal hid behind the veil of geographical names like Chablis and Puligny-Montrachet. Now grown all over the world and bottled by its varietal name, Chardonnay has achieved a level of branding unlike any other wine. Surprisingly, though, what you get when you buy Chardonnay can differ greatly from country to country and even within one country, depending on the climate where it's grown and how it is vinified and aged. From fresh, crisp and minerally with apple and lemon notes to rich and buttery with tropical fruit overtones, Chardonnay runs the gamut. In France's Burgundy, Chardonnay is the source of the prized wines of Chablis, Corton-Charlemagne, Mâcon, Meursault and Montrachet. It also the foundation of exceptional Champagne, where it is blended with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier or vinified on its own into Blanc de Blancs. It is also extremely popular in California, and is gaining popularity in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and South Africa.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.


- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
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Santa Maria/Santa Barbara

- Santa Maria and Santa Ynez make up the two AVAs of Santa Barbara County, an area known for its natural beauty and temperate climate. The best grape-growing areas, however, are located on the very coastal reaches of these two appellations, and are cooled by ever-present fog and ocean breezes (it is even cooler and foggier here than Carneros!). As expected, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir thrive while the more inland zones lay claim to Bordeaux varietals and some Rhône blends.
Alcohol Content (%): 14.5