Sta. Rita Hills, Santa Ynez Valley, Central Coast, California
Sanford Winery's estate vineyards get the full benefit of these remarkable conditions:The Sanford & Benedict parcel is the area's oldest Pinot Noir vineyard. Its fruit produces the classically Burgundian Sanford Pinot Noir-Sanford & Benedict. Wonderfully aromatic, its flavors are plush yet structured, with lively acidity and ripe tannins.Sanford Winery's Santa Rita Hills vineyards also produce the spectacular Chardonnay grapes for Sanford's benchmark white wines: Sanford Chardonnay-Santa Barbara, Sanford Chardonnay-La Rinconada and Sanford Pinot Grigio-Santa Barbara.Anthony Terlato and his sons Bill and John hold majority ownership of Sanford Vineyard and Winery. For a half-century, the Terlatos have succeeded in all facets of the luxury wine industry by following a simple principle: Always put quality first, because quality is the only thing that endures. At Sanford, that commitment to quality goes into every bottle.Under the direction of Doug Fletcher, Vice President of Winemaking for Terlato Wine Group, Sanford maintains low yields to nurture the lush fruit. To retain the intensity and integrity of the Santa Rita Hills fruit, Fletcher's team uses a unique gravity racking system. Powerful hydraulic lifts raise and lower vats, minimizing handling and preserving the esters that give Sanford's wines complexity and delicacy.