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My winemaking philosophy which I developed early on in my career is based on the concept that wine is a natural food. As such, the ultimate enjoyment of wine is as a graceful and harmonious accompaniment to a meal, whether it be simple or sublime.

While most of my wines are enjoyable by themselves, it is with food that they really shine, and reveal all of their nuances and textures. To me the best wines have the ability to bring out the best in the food they are paired with and conversely the food brings out the best in the wines.

2002 Pinot Noir
Sanford & Benedict Vineyard - Sta. Rita Hills

2002 Pinot Noir

Technical Details

Composition:
100% Pinot Noir

Vineyard Sources:
Sanford & Benedict Vineyard

Production: 193 cases
Alcohol by volume: 15.5%
pH: 3.51
Titratable acidity: .61 g/100 ml.

It is with great pleasure that we release this 2002 bottling of Pinot Noir from the famed Sanford & Benedict vineyard. My ties to this vineyard go back to my earliest days in the valley (circa 1976), when I met Richard Sanford and Michael Benedict at their vineyard and winery and tasted their first vintages. It was evident even then that they had discovered a very special place to grow Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.

The vineyard quickly became revered by local winemakers, and when a few tons of Pinot Noir were made available to me in 1985, I jumped at the chance to work with the grapes. Some of the finest Pinot Noirs I have had the pleasure to make came from this vineyard in the late 80’s and early 90’s.

After the 1992 harvest a change in ownership of the vineyard resulted in the grapes becoming unavailable to me. It was this loss that inspired me to search for a nearby site to plant to Pinot Noir for a secure source of grapes, which I did in 1998 with the establishment of Fe Ciega Vineyard.

I chose to get my grapes from the same section I used before, which is planted to the Mt. Eden clone. The vines are now thirty years old and are at their peak of production.

The grapes were picked on September 24th at very ripe average Brix level of 25.6. We followed our traditional regime of destemming 100% of the grapes and crushing into small open top fermenters. After a fourteen day fermentation the wine was pressed off and settled in a tank before being transferred to barrels for aging. The wine aged in barrels until mid-December after which time the wine was lightly fined and filtered before being bottled on December 20, 2003.

The wine displays the classic Sanford & Benedict aromas of spice and briary forest floor. The moderate tannins and higher acidity will enable this wine to age four up to six to seven years after release. Serve with quail, duck, rabbit and game.

Rick Longoria, Winemaker
June 1, 2004

 

Other Past Releases

2001 Pinot Noir - Bien Nacido Vineyard - Santa Maria Valley
2001 Pinot Noir - Sta. Rita Hills
2001 Pinot Noir - Fe Ciega Vineyard - Sta. Rita Hills
2001 Pinot Noir - Mt. Carmel Vineyard - Sta. Rita Hills
2002 Pinot Noir - Bien Nacido Vineyard - Santa Maria Valley
2002 Pinot Noir - Sanford & Benedict Vineyard - Sta. Rita Hills
2002 Pinot Noir - Fe Ciega Vineyard - Sta. Rita Hills
2003 Pinot Noir - Wine Club Selection - Sta. Rita Hills
2003 Pinot Noir - Sta. Rita Hills
2003 Pinot Noir - Bien Nacido Vineyard - Santa Maria Valley
2003 Pinot Noir - Fe Ciega Vineyard - Sta. Rita Hills
2004 Pinot Noir - Sta. Rita Hills
2004 Pinot Noir - Fe Ciega Vineyard - Sta. Rita Hills
2004 Pinot Noir - Bien Nacido Vineyard - Santa Maria Valley
2004 Pinot Noir - Mt. Carmel Vineyard - Sta. Rita Hills
2005 Pinot Noir - Sta. Rita Hills
2005 Pinot Noir - Fe Ciega Vineyard - Sta. Rita Hills
2005 Pinot Noir - Bien Nacido Vineyard - Santa Maria Valley
2005 Pinot Noir - Sanford & Benedict Vineyard - Sta. Rita Hills
2005 Pinot Noir - Rancho Santa Rosa Vineyard - Sta. Rita Hills
2006 Pinot Noir - Bien Nacido Vineyard - Santa Maria Valley
2006 Pinot Noir - Sanford & Benedict Vineyard - Sta. Rita Hills
2006 Pinot Noir - Fe Ciega Vineyard - Sta. Rita Hills
2006 Pinot Noir - Santa Barbara County
2006 Pinot Noir - Rancho Santa Rosa Vineyard - Sta. Rita Hills
2007 Pinot Noir - Lovely Rita - Sta. Rita Hills
2007 Pinot Noir - Bien Nacido Vineyard - Santa Maria Valley
2007 Pinot Noir - Fe Ciega Vineyard - Sta. Rita Hills
2007 Pinot Noir - Rancho Santa Rosa Vineyard - Sta. Rita Hills
2007 Pinot Noir - Sta. Rita Hills
2008 Pinot Noir - Fe Ciega Vineyard - Sta. Rita Hills
2008 Pinot Noir - Lovely Rita - Sta. Rita Hills
2008 Pinot Noir - Bien Nacido Vineyard - Santa Maria Valley
2008 Pinot Noir - Rancho Santa Rosa Vineyard - Sta. Rita Hills
2009 Pinot Noir - Lovely Rita - Sta. Rita Hills
2009 Pinot Noir - Bien Nacido Vineyard - Santa Maria Valley
2009 Pinot Noir - Rancho Santa Rosa Vineyard - Sta. Rita Hills
2009 Pinot Noir - Fe Ciega Vineyard - Sta. Rita Hills
2010 Pinot Noir - Lovely Rita - Sta. Rita Hills
2010 Pinot Noir - Bien Nacido Vineyard - Santa Maria Valley
2010 Pinot Noir - Rancho Santa Rosa Vineyard - Sta. Rita Hills
2010 Pinot Noir - Fe Ciega Vineyard - Sta. Rita Hills
2011 Pinot Noir - 30th Anniversary - Sta. Rita Hills
2011 Pinot Noir - Lovely Rita - Sta. Rita Hills
2011 Pinot Noir - Bien Nacido Vineyard - Santa Maria Valley
2011 Pinot Noir - Block M - Fe Ciega Vineyard - Sta. Rita Hills
2011 Pinot Noir - La Encantada Vineyard - Sta. Rita Hills
2011 Pinot Noir - Fe Ciega Vineyard - Sta. Rita Hills
2012 Pinot Noir - Lovely Rita - Sta. Rita Hills
2012 Pinot Noir - Bien Nacido Vineyard - Santa Maria Valley
2012 Pinot Noir - Block M - Fe Ciega Vineyard - Sta. Rita Hills
2012 Pinot Noir - La Encantada Vineyard - Sta. Rita Hills
2012 Pinot Noir - Fe Ciega Vineyard - Sta. Rita Hills
2013 Pinot Noir - Lovely Rita - Sta. Rita Hills
2013 Pinot Noir - Sanford & Benedict Vineyard - Sta. Rita Hills
2013 Pinot Noir - Bien Nacido Vineyard - Santa Maria Valley
2014 Pinot Noir - Lovely Rita - Sta. Rita Hills

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