2013 "Sanford & Benedict" Pinot Noir

Sanford & Benedict Vineyard, Sta. Rita Hills, Santa Barbara, CA

  • Producer

    Chanin Wines

  • What we love

    In 1970, people told Richard Sanford that he was crazy to plant pinot noir in Santa Barbara. Fortunately, he ignored the skeptics, and his ‘Sanford & Benedict Vineyard’ would go on to produce some of the country’s best pinots, like this organic version from Chanin Wine. It smells like a face-full of flowers, fallen leaves, and baking spices, and its bold fruit flavors are balanced by refreshing acidity. Tastes like: Red cherry, strawberry, cinnamon, and mushroom.

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About this Wine

95 points, Wine & Spirits

342 cases produced.

 

  • Technical Data:
  • 100% Pinot Noir
  • Alcohol: 13.23%
  • Winemaking: Fermented with 40% whole clusters and aged 16 months in 15% new French oak.
  • Drink now through 2023

Gavin Chanin

Winemaker


Gavin Chanin, who was named one of FORBES’ “30 under 30” in Food and Wine and a “Winemaker to Watch” by the San Francisco Chronicle, began his winemaking career as a harvest intern at Au Bon Climat and Qupé.

Launched in 2007, Chanin Wines sources from top sites in Santa Barbara County to make incredibly balanced, elegant and pure wines that are always up with the crème de la crème in a vintage. His 2014’s across the board are outstanding.

All of the vineyards are organic or sustainably farmed.

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