Au Bon Climat

Sanford & Benedict Vineyard Pinot Noir

9.148 ratings
9.018 pro ratings
Santa Ynez Valley, Central Coast, California, USA
Pinot Noir
Turkey, Game, Exotic Spices, Soft Cheese, Duck, Goose, Salads & Greens, Potato, Quinoa, Farro, Brown Rice, White Rice, Pasta, Herbs, Nuts & Seeds, Mushrooms, Chicken, Meaty & Oily Fish, Shellfish, Crab & Lobster, Stew, Onion, Shallot, Garlic, Salami & Prosciutto, Salmon, Quinoa, Shellfish
Top Notes For
Sipping Fine Wine

Planted in 1971, the fruit was selected from the oldest section of Sanford & Benedict Vineyard. Aromas of berry fruit with subtle floral and spice, aged for 22 months in new French oak. On the palate raspberry and cherry fruit flavors, a bit crisp with light oak tones. Firm tannins, a bit tight, lingering, ending with mineral notes. Very nice, but needs a bit more time.

Planted in 1971, the fruit was selected from the oldest section of Sanford & Benedict Vineyard. Aromas of berry fruit with subtle floral and spice, aged for 22 months in new French oak. On the palate raspberry and cherry fruit flavors, a bit crisp with light oak tones. Firm tannins, a bit tight, lingering, ending with mineral notes. Very nice, but needs a bit more time.

May 10th, 2019
Stefan Dolhain

2014 vintage. From the oldest part of the historical Sanford § Benedict vineyard, planted in 1971. Bright transparent ruby. Sour cherries, strawberries, fresh herbs and a mineral touch in the nose. Elegant and well-balanced with very pure Pinot Noir fruit and a subtle spiciness. Perfectly integrated oak and nice depth. Long mineral finish. Another winner from ABC. 48 euro.

2014 vintage. From the oldest part of the historical Sanford § Benedict vineyard, planted in 1971. Bright transparent ruby. Sour cherries, strawberries, fresh herbs and a mineral touch in the nose. Elegant and well-balanced with very pure Pinot Noir fruit and a subtle spiciness. Perfectly integrated oak and nice depth. Long mineral finish. Another winner from ABC. 48 euro.

Jul 20th, 2018
Casey Curbow

Sales Associate Windsor Wine Merchants

9.3

Polished fruit with balanced oak presence. Serious, and seriously delicious, stuff.

Polished fruit with balanced oak presence. Serious, and seriously delicious, stuff.

Apr 29th, 2018
Alex Jones

Marketing/Development Kunni/Westerly Wines

9.1

Still alive and dark cherry and dried fruit it perfectly balanced and finessed.

Still alive and dark cherry and dried fruit it perfectly balanced and finessed.

Feb 25th, 2018
Andy Christiansen

Silky, balanced and happy.

Silky, balanced and happy.

Apr 6th, 2016
Jordan Mackay

Wine Editor San Francisco Magazine

9.0

Just lovely. Soft and mellow but the fruit stands firm.

Just lovely. Soft and mellow but the fruit stands firm.

Mar 4th, 2015
Reed Herrick

Wine Director Cheese Cave

9.7

My face is blown off with a little homemade luk lok black pepper beef

My face is blown off with a little homemade luk lok black pepper beef

Feb 28th, 2013
Izek Jasper

Dominated by VA. Seems like this would have been singing otherwise.

Dominated by VA. Seems like this would have been singing otherwise.

Feb 23rd, 2016
MDB
8.4

Still a bit green.

Still a bit green.

Jul 28th, 2019
David Lee

Silkier, spicier than the Santa Barbara.

Silkier, spicier than the Santa Barbara.

Dec 9th, 2018