Lutum

Sanford & Benedict Vineyard Pinot Noir

9.17 ratings
9.21 pro ratings
Sta. Rita Hills, 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
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.2

I’ve been meaning to try this producer for some time now. I’ve heard & read good things about their work. So when I saw this on “Last Bottle” for $35, I picked a few up. It didn’t disappoint.

The one thing about the Santa Rita Hills region that I struggle with is a number of their Pinot Noirs, for me, are over extracted. That is not the case here.

The fruits were generally mid red. Some blackberries, strawberries, dark cherries, cherries, nice hues of blueberries, pomegranate & cranberries. Gentle wood use, softly layered baking spices, excellent acidity & nicely polished even finish.

Drinks well now but, will hold my other two bottles 2-3 years for further integration & even something a little better.

Photos of; their winery facility, Winemaker- Gavin Chanin and one of their Santa Rita Vineyards.

I’ve been meaning to try this producer for some time now. I’ve heard & read good things about their work. So when I saw this on “Last Bottle” for $35, I picked a few up. It didn’t disappoint.

The one thing about the Santa Rita Hills region that I struggle with is a number of their Pinot Noirs, for me, are over extracted. That is not the case here.

The fruits were generally mid red. Some blackberries, strawberries, dark cherries, cherries, nice hues of blueberries, pomegranate & cranberries. Gentle wood use, softly layered baking spices, excellent acidity & nicely polished even finish.

Drinks well now but, will hold my other two bottles 2-3 years for further integration & even something a little better.

Photos of; their winery facility, Winemaker- Gavin Chanin and one of their Santa Rita Vineyards.

May 3rd, 2020
Deborah M

Nice weeknight bottle. Excellent QPR.

Nice weeknight bottle. Excellent QPR.

Sep 30th, 2021
Bill Kaplan

Competent & well-structured. Holds up well with chicken Marbella. No wow factor, but good company.

Competent & well-structured. Holds up well with chicken Marbella. No wow factor, but good company.

Nov 12th, 2020
Eric

I’m with @David T on this one. Nice balance, acidity, and tempered fruit.

I’m with @David T on this one. Nice balance, acidity, and tempered fruit.

Jun 16th, 2020
Kyle Turner

Kyle had this a year ago

Kyle had this a year ago

Aug 18th, 2020
Jim Glass

Jim had this 2 years ago

Jim had this 2 years ago

Nov 24th, 2019
Rich Friedland

Rich had this 3 years ago

Rich had this 3 years ago

Jun 2nd, 2018