2017 Racines Wines, Sanford & Benedict, Pinot Noir, Santa Rita Hills, USA

2017 Racines Wines, Sanford & Benedict, Pinot Noir, Santa Rita Hills, USA

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2017 Racines Wines, Sanford & Benedict, Pinot Noir, Santa Rita Hills, USA

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The 2017 Pinot Noir Sanford & Benedict is sensual, silky and impeccable in its balance. There is lovely nuance in the glass to match the wine's mid-weight, restrained personality. Sweet floral notes and purplish fruit linger in the glass. My impression is that the 2017 is still recovering from its relatively recent bottling. We will see.

Drink 2020-2029

Antonio Galloni, Vinous (Jun 2019)

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Antonio Galloni, Vinous92/100
Decanter93/100
Antonio Galloni, Vinous92/100
The 2017 Pinot Noir Sanford & Benedict is sensual, silky and impeccable in its balance. There is lovely nuance in the glass to match the wine's mid-weight, restrained personality. Sweet floral notes and purplish fruit linger in the glass. My impression is that the 2017 is still recovering from its relatively recent bottling. We will see.

Drink 2020-2029

Antonio Galloni, Vinous (Jun 2019) Read more
Decanter93/100
The 2017 Racines Wine Co. Sanford & Benedict Vineyard Pinot Noir is sourced from three separate parcels, and includes a portion of the original, own-rooted vines planted in 1971. The nose is classic Sanford & Benedict, combining freshness of fruit with crushed stones and an airy texture. Flavours of orange rinds and red plum skins segue into a finish that takes a few seconds to really set in and show itself. As with the rest of the Racines wines, there is structure here for the long term and the wines should be cellared for a least a few years.

Drink 2021-2036

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About this WINE

Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir is probably the most frustrating, and at times infuriating, wine grape in the world. However when it is successful, it can produce some of the most sublime wines known to man. This thin-skinned grape which grows in small, tight bunches performs well on well-drained, deepish limestone based subsoils as are found on Burgundy's Côte d'Or.

Pinot Noir is more susceptible than other varieties to over cropping - concentration and varietal character disappear rapidly if yields are excessive and yields as little as 25hl/ha are the norm for some climats of the Côte d`Or.

Because of the thinness of the skins, Pinot Noir wines are lighter in colour, body and tannins. However the best wines have grip, complexity and an intensity of fruit seldom found in wine from other grapes. Young Pinot Noir can smell almost sweet, redolent with freshly crushed raspberries, cherries and redcurrants. When mature, the best wines develop a sensuous, silky mouth feel with the fruit flavours deepening and gamey "sous-bois" nuances emerging.

The best examples are still found in Burgundy, although Pinot Noir`s key role in Champagne should not be forgotten. It is grown throughout the world with notable success in the Carneros and Russian River Valley districts of California, and the Martinborough and Central Otago regions of New Zealand.

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