2006 Sanford "La Rinconada Vineyard" Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir

SKU #1045349

91 points Wine Enthusiast: "Shows a purity of texture, with a velvety-soft mouthfeel yet firmed with undertones of chalky minerals. Flavor-wise, it's all black and red sour cherry candy, Asian spices and smoky sandalwood. Not ready yet. Better mid-2010 and beyond." (10/09) 90 points Wine & Spirits: "This feels relaxed and cool, its generous black cherry flavors wrapped in silky tannins. It becomes more saline with air, a mineral mark to contrast the lasting flavors of plum and smoke in the finish. Decant a bottle for seared duck breast." And, according to Wine Spectator: "Fresh and lively, with ripe, vibrant, elegant sour cherry and blackberry fruit that's focused and well-defined, offering depth and complexity. Drink now through 2012. 548 cases made." (Web Only, 2008)

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 By: CH |  Review Date: 6/20/2009 
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Wine & Spirits hits it on the nail. Starts off with classic Pinot bouquet, little bit spicy on the palate. After 30 mins, great classic red and black fruit. With some more air loses the fruit of the Pinot and shows what has to be the added Syrah. More spice, minerals, barnyard. Fleshy and fuller than other Sanford Pinos.

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Varietal:

Pinot Noir

- One of France's most legendary grapes and the grape that earned Burgundy its reputation. The parent of varietals like Pinot Gris/Grigio and Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir is blue to violet to indigo in color with relatively thin skins, and it is said to have been cultivated in France for more than 2,000 years. At its best, Pinot Noir creates elegant wines that are filled with primary red fruit aromas and flavors while young, revealing with an array of secondary characteristics like earth, smoke, violet, truffle and game with age. The varietal is also known, perhaps better than any, for its ability to translate terroir, or a sense of place. While the best Pinot Noir still comes from Burgundy, it is being produced with increasing success in cooler climates around the world. In France, it is part of the trifecta of grapes that can go into Champagne, and it is also grown in Alsace, Irancy, Jura, Savoie, Lorraine and Sancerre. Outside of France it is produced under the names Pinot Nero and Blauburgunder in Italy's mountainous regions, as Spätburgunder in Germany and as Blauburgunder in Austria. In the US, Pinot Noir has found suitable growing conditions in the cooler parts of California, including Carneros, the Russian River Valley, the Anderson Valley, the Sonoma Coast, Monterey County, the Santa Lucia Highlands and Santa Barbara County, as well as in Oregon's Willamette Valley. In recent years, New Zealand has demonstrated its ability to interpret this hard-to-grow varietal, with successful bottlings coming from careful and attentive growers in Central Otago, Martinborough and Canterbury. Chile is also an up-and-coming region for Pinot Noir, creating fresh, fruit-forward, early-drinking and affordable Pinots from the coastal Casablanca Valley and the Limari Valley.
Country:

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.
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California

- 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.
Specific Appellation:

Santa Maria/Santa Barbara

- Santa Maria and Sants Inez 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.