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2016 Chanin "Sanford & Benedict Vineyard" Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir (Elsewhere $60)

SKU #1497251 94 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark The 2016 Pinot Noir Sanford & Benedict Vineyard, from a site on the southern edge of the Sta. Rita Hills, is the flagship Pinot Noir of the estate and saw the standard 17 months in 15% new barrels. It's beautifully concentrated (which is a trait of this vineyard) with ample red currants, red cherries, spice box, forest floor, and crushed rock aromas and flavors. With medium to full body, a ripe, layered texture, good acidity, and sound underlying structure, it's going to benefit from 2-3 years of bottle age and keep for 10-15 years. 94+ Inner quote mark (10/2018)

94 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 2016 Pinot Noir Sanford & Benedict Vineyard offers lovely density and richness, with quite a bit of tannic intensity that is going to need time to resolve. Blue and purplish berry fruit, lavender, mint and spice all develop in the glass, but it is the wine's overall structure that stands out most. The 2016 is all class, but readers will have to be patient to see the wine at its very finest. (AG) Inner quote mark (9/2018)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 2016 Pinot Noir Sanford & Benedict Vineyard from Gavin Chanin is excellent, wafting from the glass with a deep bouquet of potpourri, blackberry, cherry, spice and black tea. On the palate, the wine is medium to full-bodied, with the most depth and mid-palate volume of all Chanin's Pinot Noirs, with a lovely core of crunchy fruit and some chewy grip on the sapid, savory finish. This should develop nicely in the cellar for the better part of a decade. (WK) 93+ Inner quote mark (4/2018)

93 points Wine & Spirits

Outer quote mark Sta. Rita at a cool reserve, this graceful red smells of nori and cherries, with a dusting of mocha-scented oak and briar. The flavors are lean, but the fresh fruit and silty tannins give it an expansive and generous feel. Decant it for roast duck. Inner quote mark (4/2019)

K&L Notes

Winemaker's Notes: "These grapes were harvested on August 19th and September 3rd at an average of 23.0 brix. The grapes underwent a four-day cold-soak with 1-3 punch downs by hand daily. Once dry, the wine was pressed and put into French oak barrels (15% new) where it stayed for 15 months before being racked and bottled unfiltered in February of 2018."


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By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/6/2020 | Send Email
Wow! A repeat of our sellout, slam dunk deal on the 2014 Chanin Sanford & Benedict Pinot Noir email from a few months back, now for the 2016 vintage. Our winery direct relationship with Chanin keeps these incredible bargains coming! Sanford & Benedict is one of the true Grand Cru sites of California and home to the oldest Pinot Noir vines in the Sta. Rita Hills. These old vines grow in a complex mixture of clay, diatomaceous shale, and chert, or flint, rocks. The result is powerful wines with great richness and breadth on the palate and an intricate thread of minerality running throughout. Winemaker Gavin Chanin is a true master of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay and his expression of this iconic vineyard is second to none. Don't miss this offer at this unbelievably low price. This one is a case buy.

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