Overview
Address:
5010 Santa Rosa Road
Lompoc, CA 93436
United States
California

In Santa Barbara wine country, it all started with Sanford.

In 1971 Sanford Winery and Vineyards discovered an overlooked, grape-growing treasure in the Sta. Rita Hills. Recognizing a magical combination of climate and soil conditions much like those in France’s famed Burgundy province, Sanford planted the area’s first Pinot Noir in its Sanford & Benedict vineyard.

Pinot Noir has thrived in the Sta. Rita Hills ever since, and so has Sanford Winery. The pioneering winery’s Pinot Noir ranks among the best and most distinctive in the world. And Sanford’s leadership helped put Santa Barbara and the Sta. Rita Hills on the map of the world’s great wine regions. Certified as an American Viticultural Area (AVA) in 2001, today the area is renowned for its Chardonnay as well as Pinot Noir.

The Sta. Rita Hills AVA is 100 square miles of heaven for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, and Sanford’s estate vineyards – Rancho La Rinconada and Sanford & Benedict – lie within it. Sanford relies exclusively on these vineyards for its luscious, signature Pinots.

The area owes its magic to an unusual east-west mountain valley that runs from the vineyards to the Pacific Ocean. This passage allows a meteorological ebb-and-flow between the mountains and the sea that is ideal for cool-climate varietals.

Each summer morning, a heavy Pacific fog moves eastward through the valley, holding morning temperatures in the 50’s and 60’s. By mid-morning, heat from the mountains pushes the marine layer back out to sea, warming the valley into the 70's and 80's.

In the early afternoon, the balance tips again, and a cooling breeze blows inland from the Pacific. By sunset, temperatures cool to the 60's. Low summer rainfall and rare frosts yield a cool growing season that lasts 30 - 45 days longer than most other California grape-growing regions. And Santa Rita’s soils are light and well draining.

WinerySanford 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.

The Rancho La Rinconada vineyard sits adjacent to the Sanford & Benedict plot and shares nearly identical characteristics. La Rinconada, though, is planted with Dijon Pinot Noir clones and the resulting Sanford Pinot Noir-La Rinconada exhibits an expansive richness—enough to complement meat and game dishes—rarely found in a Pinot.

Sanford Pinot Noir-Santa Barbara showcases grapes from the Sanford & Benedict, La Rinconada and nearby vineyards. Sanford’s flagship Pinot, this wine compares favorably with domestic Pinot Noirs and Burgundies at twice the price.

Sanford Winery’s Sta. 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.

Bill, Anthony and John TerlatoAnthony 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 Sta. 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.

Sanford’s white wine fermentation takes place in both 60 gallon French oak barrels and stainless steel tanks, while the Pinot Noir is fermented in open-top stainless steel tanks and then finished in French oak barrels. Crafted in small lots, Sanford wines have a consistent style: Their full-bodied fruit flavors are balanced by mouth-watering acidity.

Above all, they are created to enrich the dining experience, crafted to enhance and complement every meal.

Fact Sheet

Brand: Sanford
Founded:
1971
Terlato Representation:
Since July 2002
Location:

Winery: Buellton, CA

Vineyard Estates: Santa Rita Hills appellation in Santa Barbara, CA

Brand Capsule:
From the Heart of Sta. Rita Hills
Flagship Product:
Pinot Noir
Price Point:
$15.00 to $62.00

Wines:

  • Rose of Pinot Noir
  • Pinot Noir - Sta. Rita Hills
  • Pinot Noir - La Rinconada Vineyard
  • Pinot Noir - Sanford & Benedict Vineyard
  • Chardonnay - Sta. Rita Hills
Winemaker: Steve Fennell
Vineyard:

Sanford's wines are produced from grapes grown in well-established vineyards in Santa Barbara County. Sanford's estate vineyards, Rancho La Rinconada and the Sanford & Benedict Vineyard lie within the Santa Rita Hills AVA. The Sanford & Bendedict vineyard was the first planted to Pinot Noir (1971) in Santa Barbara County.

Ownership:

Terlato Wine Group purchased a minority interest in Sanford Winery and Vineyards in 2002. Terlato Wine Group acquired a controlling interest in Sanford in 2005. Owned by the Terlato family-Anthony and his sons Bill and John-Terlato Wine Group is the parent company of Terlato Wines International, the leading marketer of luxury wines. TWG also includes the Terlato family's winery investments and partnerships in some of the world's most esteemed wine regions, including: Napa Valley; Sonoma County; Victoria, Australia; and the Rhone Valley.

Chardonnay - Sta. Rita Hills

Chardonnay - Sta. Rita Hills

Our 2011 Sta. Rita Hills Chardonnay is sourced exclusively from our two estate vineyards in the heart of this cool climate appellation. The 2011 vintage was marked by low yields due to spring frost. This resulted in intense flavors with bright acid. By gently whole cluster pressing and barrel fermentation in French oak, this Chardonnay has lovely texture to balance the vibrant palate. Our 2011 estate Chardonnay offers intriguing aromas of lemon peel, apricot and toasted hazelnut. In addition to the bright fruit, this wine has aromas of white flowers. On the palate the minerality and acidity give this wine great structure, which carries through its long finish. This full bodied wine has nice acidity to keep it in balance and makes a nice complement to most seafood, poultry and pasta with lighter sauces, and makes and excellent pairing with mushrooms (especially chanterelles and morels).

Wine Notes
Straw gold
Aromas of lemon peel, apricot, toasted hazelnut and white flowers.
Minerality and acidity give this wine great structure, which carries through with a long finish. The full bodied wine has nice acidity to keep it in balance.
Fact Sheet
  • Chardonnay
3.28 g/l
100% malolactic
9 months in French Oak, 20% new
11,500
Chardonnay - Sta. Rita Hills

This straw-gold wine offers an intriguing aroma of citrus, pineapple and toasted hazelnut. The complex floral flavors merge with clean mineral notes for a full-bodied texture and crisp acidity on the long finish.

 
Wine Notes
Complex, Full-bodied
Citrus, Pineapple, Hazelnut, Floral
Fact Sheet
Chardonnay - Sta. Rita Hills

Our 2010 Sta. Rita Hills Chardonnay comes exclusively from our two estate vineyards in the heart of this cool climate appellation. The 2010 vintage was low yielding, intense, but balanced, resulting from a cool summer followed by a short heat wave in September. This produced intense, but elegant wines with great structure. This hand harvested, barrel fermented Chardonnay shows intriguing aromas of citrus, pineapple and toasted hazelnut. In addition to the bright fruit, this wine has complex floral characters and minerality that carries through its long finish. This full-bodied wine has nice acidity to keep it in balance and makes a nice complement to most seafood, poultry and pasta with lighter sauces, and makes an excellent pairing with mushrooms (especially chanterelles and morels). 

Wine Notes
Straw Gold
Citrus, pineapple, and toasted hazelnut, complex floral characteristics.
Bright fruit, complex floral characters and minerality that carries through its long finish.
Fact Sheet
  • 100% 
    Chardonnay
100% Malolactic
14 months in French Oak, 20% new barrels
11,500
Chardonnay - Sta. Rita Hills

Our 2013 Sta. Rita Hills Chardonnay comes exclusively from our two estate vineyards in the heart of this cool climate appellation. By gently whole cluster pressing and barrel fermentation in French oak, this Chardonnay has lovely texture to balance the vibrant palate. Our 2013 estate Chardonnay offers intriguing aromas of lemon peel, apricot and toasted hazelnut. In addition to the bright fruit, this wine has aromas of white flowers. On the palate the minerality and acidity give this wine great structure, which carries through its long finish. This full bodied wine has nice acidity to keep it in balance and makes a nice complement to most seafood, poultry and pasta with lighter sauces, and makes and excellent pairing with mushrooms (especially chanterelles and morels).

Wine Notes
Straw Gold
Lemon peel, apricot and toasted hazelnut with white flowers
The minerality and acidity give this wine great structure, which carries through its long finish.
Fact Sheet
  • 100% 
    Chardonnay
Barrel fermented in French oak (20% new), 100% malolactic fermentation
9 months in French Oak, 20% new
4,800
Chardonnay - Sta. Rita Hills

Our 2012 Sta. Rita Hills Chardonnay comes exclusively from our two estate vineyards in the heart of this cool climate appellation. The 2012 vintage was near perfect, with just enough heat to ripen the fruit. By gently whole cluster pressing and barrel fermentation in French oak, this Chardonnay has lovely texture to balance the vibrant palate. Our 2012 estate Chardonnay offers intriguing aromas of lemon peel, nectarine and toasted hazelnut. In addition to the bright fruit, this wine has aromas of white flowers. On the palate the minerality and acidity give this wine great structure, which carries through its long finish. This full bodied wine has nice acidity to keep it in balance and makes a nice complement to most seafood, poultry and pasta with lighter sauces, and makes and excellent pairing with mushrooms (especially chanterelles and morels).

Wine Notes
Straw Gold
Lemon peel, apricot and toasted hazelnut with white flowers
The minerality and acidity give this wine great structure, which carries through its long finish.
Fact Sheet
  • 100% 
    Chardonnay
Barrel fermented in French oak (20% new), 100% malolactic fermentation
14 months in French Oak, 20% new
3,500
Chardonnay - Sta. Rita Hills

Our 2014 Sta. Rita Hills Chardonnay comes exclusively from our two estate vineyards in the heart of this cool climate appellation. The 2014 vintage followed a dry, warm year. Fortunately, the growing season passed without extreme heat, resulting in intense flavors with bright acid. By gently whole cluster pressing and barrel fermentation in French oak, this Chardonnay has lovely texture to balance the vibrant palate. Our 2014 estate Chardonnay offers intriguing aromas of lemon zest, stone fruits, toasted hazelnut with hints of pineapple. In addition to the bright fruit, the palate has racy minerality and great structure and a long finish. This full bodied wine has nice acidity to keep it in balance and makes a nice complement to most seafood, poultry and pasta with lighter sauces, and makes and excellent pairing with mushrooms (especially chanterelles and morels).

Wine Notes
Straw gold
Intriguing aromas of lemon zest, stone fruits, toasted hazelnut with hints of pineapple.
Full-bodied with nice acidity and racy minerality.
Fact Sheet
  • 100% 
    Chardonnay
Gently whole cluster pressing and barrel fermentation in French Oak.
10 months in French Oak (25% new)
3,500
Chardonnay - Sta. Rita Hills

Our 2015 Sta. Rita Hills Chardonnay comes exclusively from our two estate vineyards in the heart of this cool climate appellation. The 2015 vintage was early and followed a dry, warm year. Fortunately, the growing season passed without extreme heat, resulting in concentrated flavors with bright acid. By gently whole cluster pressing and barrel fermentation in French oak, this Chardonnay has lovely texture to balance the vibrant palate. This full bodied wine has nice acidity to keep it in balance and makes a nice complement to most seafood, poultry and pasta with lighter sauces, and makes and excellent pairing with mushrooms (especially chanterelles and morels).

Wine Notes
Straw gold
Intriguing aromas of grilled citrus, stone fruits and roasted almond
In addition to the bright fruit, the palate has racy minerality, great structure and a long finish
Fact Sheet
  • 100% 
    Chardonnay
Gently whole cluster pressing and barrel fermentation in French Oak
9 months in French Oak (25% new)
Chardonnay - Sta. Rita Hills

Our 2016 Sta. Rita Hills Chardonnay comes exclusively from our two estate vineyards in the heart of this cool climate appellation. The 2016 vintage was early and followed a dry, warm year. Fortunately, the growing season passed without extreme heat, resulting in concentrated flavors with bright acid. By gently whole cluster pressing and barrel fermentation in French oak, this Chardonnay has lovely texture to balance the vibrant palate. This full bodied wine has nice acidity to keep it in balance and makes a nice complement to most seafood, poultry and pasta with lighter sauces, and makes and excellent pairing with mushrooms (especially chanterelles and morels).

Wine Notes
Straw gold
Intriguing aromas of grilled citrus, stone fruits and roasted almond
In addition to the bright fruit, the palate has racy minerality, great structure and a long finish
Fact Sheet
  • 100% 
    Chardonnay
Gently whole cluster pressing and barrel fermentation in French Oak
9 months in French Oak (25% new)
Chardonnay - Sta. Rita Hills

Our 2017 Sta. Rita Hills Chardonnay comes exclusively from our two estate vineyards in the heart of this cool climate appellation. The 2017 vintage began in early September and was reflective of a year with above average rainfall. This resulted in healthy, balanced vines yielding intensely flavored fruit with good concentration, acidity and minerality. By gently whole cluster pressing and barrel fermenting in French Oak, this Chardonnay has lovely texture to complement the bright palate. The vibrant acidity gives the wine freshness and makes a nice pairing with seafood, poultry and pasta with lighter sauces.

 

Wine Notes
Straw gold
Enticing aromas of grilled peach, Meyer lemon, toasted hazelnuts greet the nose.
The bright fruit and honey comb palate is nicely framed by crisp acidity and rich texture which carries to a long, clean finish.
Fact Sheet
  • 100% 
    Chardonnay
Gently whole cluster pressing and barrel fermentation in French Oak
8 1/2 months in French Oak (20% new)

Pinot Noir - Sanford & Benedict Vineyard

Pinot Noir - Sanford & Benedict Vineyard

The 2012 Sanford and Benedict Pinot Noir is exclusively sourced from our historic estate vineyard in the esteemed Santa Rita Hills AVA. Planted in 1971, this iconic vineyard consistently produces distinctively superb Pinot Noir. It has been named one of the five most important vineyards in California by Wine Enthusiast and numerous producers seek to buy its fruit each year, often creating their own vineyard designated wines from Sanford & Benedict. As the grower, Sanford has the choice of vineyard blocks and only selects the finest to become this single vineyard wine.

 

The 2012 vintage was as close to perfect as a winemaker can ask. A long season with ideal conditions in the summer and fall resulted in wines that while approachable upon release, will age well for years to come. The 2012 wine exudes earthy aromas of dried herbs, cherry and cranberry. In addition to the enticing fruit and earth, this lovely Pinot exhibits floral and spice aromas. The silky palate is framed nicely by balanced acidity and ripe tannins. 

Wine Notes
Vibrant Red
Exudes earthy aromas of dried herbs, cherry and cranberry, as well as floral and spice aromas
The silky palate is framed nicely by balanced acidity and ripe tannins.
Fact Sheet
  • 100% 
    Pinot Noir
14 days in stainless steel open top tank
Aged in French oak barrels (50% new) for 15 months
750
Pinot Noir - Sanford & Benedict Vineyard

The 2013 vintage was uncannily similar to 2012. A long season with near perfect condition during the growing season resulted in wines that are enjoyable upon release but will age well for years to come. The 2013 Sanford & Benedict Pinot Noir was exclusively sourced from our historic estate vineyard in the esteemed Sta. Rita Hills AVA. Planted in 1971, this iconic vineyard consistently produces distinctly superb Pinot Noir. This 2013 wine exudes earth aromas of dried herbs & spice with hints of cherry and rhubarb. In addition to the enticing fruit and earth, this Pinot exhibits lovely floral aromas. The silky palate is framed nicely by balanced acidity and ripe tannins. Aged in French Oak barrels for 14 months where it gained concentration and complexity, this wine will improve in the bottle for 5-10 years with proper cellaring.  

Wine Notes
Vibrant Red
Exudes earth aromas of dried herbs & spice with hints of cherry and rhubarb
The silky palate is framed nicely by balanced acidity and ripe tannins
Fact Sheet
  • 100% 
    Pinot Noir
14 days in stainless steel open top tank
Aged in French Oak barrels (50% new) for 14 months
Pinot Noir - Sanford & Benedict Vineyard

2015 was the first of our warm, dry years. An early season with near perfect conditions during flowering led to great fruit set. The vintage gave rich, full, approachable wines that will age well for years to come. The 2015 Sanford & Benedict Pinot Noir was exclusively sourced from our historic estate vineyard in the esteemed Sta. Rita Hills AVA. Planted in 1971, this iconic vineyard consistently produces distinctively superb Pinot Noir. This savory, elegant and layered wine will pair beautifully with duck cassoulet or porcini mushroom risotto.

Wine Notes
Vibrant Red
Exudes earth aromas of dried herbs & spice with hints of cherry and rhubarb
The silky palate is framed nicely by balanced acidity and ripe tannins
Fact Sheet
  • 100% 
    Pinot Noir
14 days in stainless steel open top tank
Aged in French Oak barrels (50% new) for 14 months
Pinot Noir - Sanford & Benedict Vineyard

2014 was the first of our warm, dry years. An early season with near perfect conditions during flowering led to

great fruit set. The vintage gave rich, full, approachable wines that will age well for years to come. The 2014 Sanford & Benedict Pinot Noir was exclusively sourced from our historic estate vineyard in the esteemed Sta. Rita Hills AVA. Planted in 1971, this iconic vineyard consistently produces distinctively superb Pinot Noir. This savory, elegant and layered wine will pair beautifully with duck cassoulet or porcini mushroom risotto.

 

Wine Notes
Vibrant Red
Exudes earth aromas of dried herbs & spice with hints of cherry and rhubarb
The silky palate is framed nicely by balanced acidity and ripe tannins
Fact Sheet
  • 100% 
    Pinot Noir
14 days in stainless steel open top tank
Aged in French Oak barrels (50% new) for 14 months
Pinot Noir - Sanford & Benedict Vineyard

The 2010 Sanford and Benedict Pinot Noir is exclusively sourced from our historic estate vineyard in the esteemed Sta. Rita Hills AVA. Planted in 1971, this iconic vineyard consistently produces distinctively superb Pinot Noir. The 2008 wine is vibrant red in color and exudes aromas of bing cherry, raspberry and rhubarb. In addition to the enticing fruit, this lovely Pinot exhibits aromas of dried herbs and white pepper. The silky palate delivers bright spicy raspberry flavors framed nicely by bright acidity and ripe tannins.

Wine Notes
Vibrant Red
Loaded with raspberry, bing cherry, and rhubarbs as well as aromas of dried herbs and white pepper.
Silky palate delivers spicy raspberry flavors framed nicely by bright acidity and ripe tannins.
Fact Sheet
  • Pinot Noir
6.50 g/l
0.00 g/l
100% malolactic fermentation.
Aged in French Oak barrels for 10 months where it gained concentration and complexity.
950
Pinot Noir - Sanford & Benedict Vineyard

This bright red wine is loaded with an aroma of Bing cherry, raspberry and sage, with notes of cinnamon, anise and white pepper. The silky palate delivers spicy cherry flavors that highlight the bright acidity and ripe tannins.

Wine Notes
Balanced, Complex, Dry, Earthy, Spicy
Anise, Cherry, Cinnamon, Pepper, Raspberry, Sage
Fact Sheet
Pinot Noir - Sanford & Benedict Vineyard

The 2011 Sanford and Benedict Pinot Noir is exclusively sourced from our historic estate vineyard in the esteemed Santa Rita Hills AVA. Planted in 1971 this iconic vineyard consistently produces distinctively superb Pinot Noir. The 2011 wine has vibrant red color and exudes earthy aromas of dried herbs, raspberry and cranberry. In addition to the enticing fruit and earth, this lovely Pinot exhibits floral and spice aromas. The silky palate delivers bright berry flavors framed nicely by bright acidity and ripe tannins.

 

Aged in French oak barrels for 14 months where it gained concentration and complexity, this wine will improve in the bottle for 5 to 10 years with proper cellaring

Wine Notes
Vibrant Red
Aromas of dried herbs, raspberry and cranberry.
The silky palate delivers bright berry flavors framed nicely by bright acidity and ripe tannins.
Fact Sheet
  • 100% 
    Pinot Noir
14 days in stainless steel open top tank
Aged in French Oak barrels (50% new) for 14 months.
1,200

Pinot Noir - La Rinconada Vineyard

Pinot Noir - La Rinconada Vineyard

The 2009 La Rinconada Pinot Noir is exclusively sourced from the estate vineyard in the esteemed Sta. Rita Hills AVA. Dijon clones 667, 777 and 115 growing on the hill east of the winery gives it great intensity and complexity. The wine is deep ruby red in color and is exploding with spicy cherry and earthy raspberry aromas with a hint of anise and white pepper. The palate delivers flavors of black cherry framed nicely by bright acidity and ripe tannins.

Wine Notes
Deep garnet red
Exploding with spicy raspberry and cranberry aromas with hints of white pepper and smoked tea.
The palate delivers flavors of Bing cherry framed nicely by bright acidity. The mid palate is rich and round and leads to a lingering finish suggestive of dusty chocolate.
Fact Sheet
6.60 g/l
0.00 g/l
100% malolactic fermentation.
The wine was allowed to age in new French Oak barrels (50% New) for 14 months where it gained concentration and a velvety texture. While enjoyable now, this wine has the balance and concentration to age gracefully for the next 5 to 10 years.
1,215
Pinot Noir - La Rinconada Vineyard

The 2010 La Rinconada Pinot Noir is exclusively sourced from our estate vineyard in the esteemed Sta. Rita Hills AVA. Dijon clones 667, 777 and 115 growing on the hill east of the winery gives it great intensity and complexity. The wine is deep ruby red in color and is exploding with spicy black cherry, cola, pepper and tar. The palate delivers favors of rich fruit framed nicely by bright acidity. The mid palate is full, round and leads to a lingering finsish suggestive of dusty chocolate and cherry. 

Wine Notes
Deep ruby red
Exploding with spicy black cherry,cola, pepper and tar
The mid palate is full, round and leads to a lingering finish suggestive of dusty chocolate and cherry.
Fact Sheet
  • Pinot Noir
6.60 g/l
0.00 g/l
100% malolactic fermentation.
The wine was allowed to age in new French Oak barrels (50% New) for 10 months where it gained concentration and a velvety texture.
1,215
Pinot Noir - La Rinconada Vineyard

Deep ruby red in color, this complex wine explodes with a spicy cherry and earthy raspberry aroma with hints of anise and white pepper. The juicy black cherry flavors are framed by bright acidity and ripe tannins for a long finish.

Wine Notes
Balanced, Fruity
Anise, Black Cherry, Raspberry, White Pepper
Fact Sheet
Pinot Noir - La Rinconada Vineyard

The 2011 La Rinconada Pinot Noir is exclusively sourced from our estate vineyard in the esteemed Santa Rita Hills AVA. Dijon clones 115, 667 and 777 growing on the hill east of our winery give great intensity and complexity. A frosty spring followed by a cool growing season resulted in elegant, complex wines. This 2011 vintage is deep ruby red in color and is exploding with spicy bing cherry, cola, bacon fat and white pepper. The palate is full and round and leads to a lingering finish suggestive of dusty chocolate and cherry.

 

The wine was allowed to age in French Oak barrels (50% New) for 14 months where it gained concentration and a velvety texture. While enjoyable now, this wine has the balance and concentration to age gracefully for the next 5 to 10 years.

Wine Notes
Deep Ruby Red
Aromas of spicy bing cherry, cola, bacon fat and white pepper.
The palate is full and round and leads to a lingering finish suggestive of dusty chocolate and cherry.
Fact Sheet
  • 100% 
    Pinot Noir
14 days in stainless steel open top tank
Aged in French Oak barrels (50% new) for 14 months.
1,200
Pinot Noir - La Rinconada Vineyard

The 2012 La Rinconada Pinot Noir is sourced from select blocks of our estate vineyard in the esteemed Santa Rita Hills AVA. Dijon clones 115, 667 and 777 growing on the hill east of our winery give great intensity and complexity. A nearly perfect, even growing season delivered complex wines of impeccable balance. This 2012 bottling is deep ruby red in color and is exploding with spicy black fruits framed nicely by bright acidity. The mid palate is full and round and leads to a lingering finish suggestive of cherry and mocha.

 

The wine was allowed to age in French Oak barrels (50% New) for 14 months where it gained concentration and a velvety texture. While enjoyable now, this wine has the balance and concentration to age gracefully for the next 5 to 10 years.

Wine Notes
Deep ruby red
Aromas of spicy black cherry, cola, bacon fat and anise
Flavors of black fruits framed nicely by bright acidity
Fact Sheet
  • 100% 
    Pinot Noir
14 days in stainless steel open top tank
Aged in French Oak barrels (50% new) for 14 months.
1,036
Pinot Noir - La Rinconada Vineyard

The 2013 La Rinconada Pinot Noir is the best of the best from our estate vineyard in the esteemed Sta. Rita Hills AVA. Dijon clones 115, 667, and 777 along with a little Mt. Eden selection growing on the hillside east of our winery provided abounding flavors and wonderful concentration. An even growing season (similar to 2012) delivered beautifully complex wines of impeccable balance. This 2013 bottling is deep ruby red in color and is exploding with a combination of earthy cherry, sage, and white pepper. The palate delivers flavors of spicy red fruits framed nicely by bright acidity. The mid palate is full and roundand leads to a lingering finish suggestive of raspberry, cherry and mocha. This wine was allowed to age in new French Oak barrels (40% new) for 14 months where it gained concentration and a velvety texture. While enjoyable now, this wine has the balance and concentration to age gracefully for the next 10 to 15 years. 

Wine Notes
Deep ruby red
Exploding with a combination of earthy cherry, sage, and white pepper
The mid palate is full and roundand leads to a lingering finish suggestive of raspberry, cherry and mocha
Fact Sheet
  • 100% 
    Pinot Noir
14 days in stainless steel open top tank
Aged in French Oak barrels (40% new) for 14 months
Pinot Noir - La Rinconada Vineyard

The 2015 La Rinconada Pinot Noir is the best of the best from our estate vineyard in the esteemed Sta. Rita Hills AVA. Dijon clones 115, 667, and 777 along with a little Mt. Eden selection growing on the hillside east of our winery provided abounding flavors and wonderful concentration. An even growing season (similar to 2014) delivered beautifully complex wines of impeccable balance. This 2015 bottling is deep ruby red in color and is exploding with a combination of earthy cherry, sage, and white pepper. The palate delivers flavors of spicy red fruits framed nicely by bright acidity. The mid palate is full and roundand leads to a lingering finish suggestive of raspberry, cherry and mocha. This wine was allowed to age in new French Oak barrels (40% new) for 14 months where it gained concentration and a velvety texture. While enjoyable now, this wine has the balance and concentration to age gracefully for the next 10 to 15 years. 

Wine Notes
Deep ruby red
Exploding with a combination of earthy cherry, sage, and white pepper
The mid palate is full and roundand leads to a lingering finish suggestive of raspberry, cherry and mocha
Fact Sheet
  • 100% 
    Pinot Noir
14 days in stainless steel open top tank
Aged in French Oak barrels (40% new) for 14 months
Pinot Noir - La Rinconada Vineyard

The 2014 La Rinconada Pinot Noir is selected from individual barrels of the best blocks from this estate vineyard in the esteemed Sta. Rita Hills AVA. Dijon clones 777,667, 115 and Mt. Eden selection growing on the hillside east of our winery give great intensity and complexity. A warm, dry growing season delivered rich, approachable wines of impeccable balance. This versatile wine is deep red in color and will pair well with a variety of foods but notably with lamb, venison, oily fish and mushrooms.

 

Wine Notes
Deep ruby red
Exploding with a combination of dusty cherry, and Chinese 5-spice
The palate delivers flavors of juicy red fruits framed nicely by bright acidity that leads to a lingering finish, suggestive of black raspberry and mocha.
Fact Sheet
  • 100% 
    Pinot Noir
14 days in stainless steel open top tank
Aged in French Oak barrels (35% new) for 14 months
1,200

Pinot Noir - Sta. Rita Hills

Pinot Noir - Sta. Rita Hills

The 2012 Sanford Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir is a blend of fruit from our two estate vineyards: La Rinconada (61%) and the historic Sanford & Benedict Vineyard (39%). Both of these stellar vineyards are in the heart of the Sta. Rita Hills. A wide range of Pinot clones are planted on these sites, and our 2012 is a blend of 10 of these clones. 2012 was a perfect growing season, which resulted in complex, concentrated and balanced wines. This Pinot is deep red in color and is bursting with red and black fruits like raspberry and black cherry, along with savory notes of cola, white pepper and sage. The palate delivers rich berry flavors balanced nicely by acid and tannin structure. 

Wine Notes
Deep red
Bursting with red and black fruits like raspberry and black cherry, along with savory notes of cola, white pepper and sage
Rich berry flavors balanced nicely by acid and tannin structure
Fact Sheet
  • 100% 
    Pinot Noir
Average of 18 days in stainless steel open top tank
Aged in French Oak barrels (30% new) for 10 months
5,947
Pinot Noir - Sta. Rita Hills

The 2013 Sanford Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir is a blend of fruit from our two estate vineyards: La Rinconada (73%) and the historic Sanford and Benedict Vineyard (27%). Both of these stellar vineyards are in the heart of the Sta. Rita Hills. A wide range of Pinot clones are planted on these sites, and our 2013 is a blend of 5 different clones from 10 blocks. 2013 was a perfect growing season, which resulted in complex, elegant, well-structured and balanced wines. This Pinot is bright red in color and is bursting with spicy raspberry and blood orange, along with savory notes of cola, white pepper and sage. The palate delivers rich berry flavors balanced nicely by acid and tannin structure.

Wine Notes
Bright red
Bursting with spicy raspberry and blood orange, along with savory notes of cola, white pepper and sage.
The palate delivers rich berry flavors balanced nicely by acid and tannin structure.
Fact Sheet
  • 100% 
    Pinot Noir
N/A
Aged in French Oak barrels (30% new) for 14 months where it picked up hints of toast, anise and clove.
Pinot Noir - Sta. Rita Hills

The 2014 Sanford Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir is a blend of fruit from our two estate vineyards: the historic Sanford and Benedict Vineyard (57%) and La Rinconada (43%). Both of these stellar vineyards are in the heart of the Sta. Rita Hills. A wide range of Pinot clones are planted on these sites, and our 2014 is a blend of 8 different clones from 9 separate blocks. 2014 was a warm dry year, resulting in rich, complex and well-structured and balanced wines. 

Wine Notes
Bright red
Black raspberry, orange peel and savory notes of anise and sage
Rich berry flavors balanced nicely by acid and tannin structure
Fact Sheet
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    Pinot Noir
Aged in French Oak barrels (30% new) for 10 months where it gained concentration and picked up hints of toast, bacon and clove
Pinot Noir - Sta. Rita Hills

The 2015 Sanford Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir is a blend of fruit from our two estate vineyards: the historic Sanford and Benedict Vineyard (51%) and La Rinconada (49%). Both of these stellar vineyards are in the heart of the Sta. Rita Hills. A wide range of Pinot clones are planted on these sites, and our 2015 is a blend of 6 of these from different soil types. 2015 was a warm dry year, with low yields resulting in concentrated, well-structured and balanced wines.

Wine Notes
Bright ruby red
Bursting with earthy raspberry and orange peel, along with savory notes of anise and white pepper
The palate delivers dense dusty, berry flavors with lively acid and tannin structure, which carries on with a long and lovely finish
Fact Sheet
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    Pinot Noir
Aged in French Oak barrels (30% new) for 10 ½ months where it gained concentration and picked up hints of toast, bacon and clove
Pinot Noir - Sta. Rita Hills

The 2016 Sanford Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir is a blend of fruit from our two estate vineyards: the historic Sanford and Benedict Vineyard (51%) and La Rinconada (49%). Both of these stellar vineyards are in the heart of the Sta. Rita Hills. A wide range of Pinot clones are planted on these sites, and our 2016 is a blend of 6 of these from different soil types. 2016 was a warm dry year, with low yields resulting in concentrated, well-structured and balanced wines.

Wine Notes
Bright ruby red
Bursting with earthy raspberry and orange peel, along with savory notes of anise and white pepper
The palate delivers dense dusty, berry flavors with lively acid and tannin structure, which carries on with a long and lovely finish
Fact Sheet
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    Pinot Noir
Aged in French Oak barrels (30% new) for 10 ½ months where it gained concentration and picked up hints of toast, bacon and clove
Pinot Noir - Sta. Rita Hills

The 2010 Sanford Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir is a blend of fruit from our two estate vineyards: La Rinconada (75%) and the historic Sanford & Benedict Vineyard (25%). Both of these stellar vineyards are in the heart of the Sta. Rita Hills. A mix of vineyard blocks and several different clones gives this wine great complexity. The wine is brilliant red in color and is bursting with bright red fruits like raspberry and bing cherry, with hints of pepper and dried flowers on the nose. The palate delivers silky berry flavors framed nicely by bright acidity and supple tannins.

Wine Notes
Brilliant Red
Raspberry and Bing cherry with hints of pepper and dried flowers
Silky berry flavors framed nicely by bright acidity and supple tannins
Fact Sheet
  • Pinot Noir
6.40 g/l
0.00 g/l
14 Day/Open Top Tank
The wine was aged in French Oak barrels (30% new oak) for 10 months where it gained concentration and picked up hints of vanilla and cinnamon
9,744
Pinot Noir - Sta. Rita Hills

This wine is deep violet red in color and is bursting with raspberry, black cherry, pepper and clove notes. The palate delivers dusty berry flavors framed nicely by bright acidity and supple tannins, and the finish is long and complex.

Wine Notes
Balanced, Complex, Dry, Earthy, Spicy
Berry, Black Cherry, Pepper, Raspberry, Clove
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Rose of Pinot Noir

Rose of Pinot Noir

The 2017 Sanford Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir is a blend of fruit from our two estate vineyards: La Rinconada  and the historic Sanford & Benedict Vineyard. Both of these stellar vineyards are in the heart of the Sta. Rita Hills. A combination of aging in stainless steel and neutral French Oak barrels for four months gives additional complexity and texture. The brightness of this Rosé allows it to pair well with a wide range of foods. Grilled seafood, spicy dishes and most picnic fare are excellent with this wine.

Wine Notes
Light pink, with salmon-pink highlights
Enticing aromas of cranberry, orange peel, white flowers and Lychee
On the palate sour cherry and blood orange flavors are framed nicely by bright acidity and lingering minerality
Fact Sheet
  • 100% 
    Pinot Noir
Gently pressing the whole clusters, the lightly colored juice was fermented at cool temperatures in stainless steel tanks. This technique retains the bright fruit character and crisp acidity.
Aged four months in stainless steel and neutral French Oak barrels
Rose of Pinot Noir

Our 2018 Rosé of Pinot Noir is from our two estate vineyards, the iconic Sanford & Benedict Vineyard and La Rinconada. After gently pressing the whole clusters, the lightly colored juice was fermented at cool temperatures in stainless steel tanks. This technique retains the bright fruit character and crisp acidity. A combination of aging in stainless steel and neutral French Oak barrels for four months gives additional complexity and texture. This salmon colored wine has enticing aromas of blood orange, wild strawberry, and rose petals. The brightness of this Rosé allows it to pair well with a wide range of foods. Grilled seafood, spicy dishes and most picnic fare are excellent with this wine.

 

Wine Notes
Light pink, with salmon-pink highlights
Enticing aromas of cranberry, orange peel, white flowers and Lychee
On the palate sour cherry and blood orange flavors are framed nicely by bright acidity and lingering minerality
Fact Sheet
  • 100% 
    Pinot Noir
Gently pressing the whole clusters, the lightly colored juice was fermented at cool temperatures in stainless steel tanks. This technique retains the bright fruit character and crisp acidity.
Aged 3 months in stainless steel and neutral French Oak barrels
Rose of Pinot Noir

The 2015 Sanford Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir is a blend of fruit from our two estate vineyards: La Rinconada  and the historic Sanford & Benedict Vineyard. Both of these stellar vineyards are in the heart of the Sta. Rita Hills. After gently pressing the whole clusters, the lightly colored juice was fermented at cool temperatures in stainless steel tanks. This technique retains the bright fruit character and crisp acidity. The bright acidity naturally comes from this cool climate AVA shines through this light bodied rose, making it a versatile pairing for a wide range of foods.

Wine Notes
Light pink, with salmon-pink highlights
Cranberry, blood orange, rose petal
A light bodied palate features notes of strawberry and orange blossom. Bright acidity makes it an ideal food pairing wine with a fresh, long finish.
Fact Sheet
  • 100% 
    Pinot Noir
Whole cluster direct press prior to cool temperature fermentation. The alcoholic fermentation lasts from 10-12 days.
The wine is aged in a combination of neutral French oak and stainless steel barrels for 4 months.
4,500
Rose of Pinot Noir

The Sanford Rosé is light pink in color with enticing aromas of cranberry, blood orange and rose petal. A blend of fruit from two of Sanford Winery's estate vineyards, La Rinconada and Sanford & Benedict, it's bright and crisp, and is versatile enough to pair with a wide range of foods.

 

Wine Notes
Light-Bodied, Fruit-Forward, Crisp Acidity
Strawberry, Orange Blossom, Rose Petal
Fact Sheet
Rose of Pinot Noir

The 2016 Sanford Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir is a blend of fruit from our two estate vineyards: La Rinconada  and the historic Sanford & Benedict Vineyard. Both of these stellar vineyards are in the heart of the Sta. Rita Hills. A combination of aging in stainless steel and neutral French Oak barrels for four months gives additional complexity and texture. The brightness of this Rosé allows it to pair well with a wide range of foods. Grilled seafood, spicy dishes and most picnic fare are excellent with this wine.

Wine Notes
Light pink, with salmon-pink highlights
Enticing aromas of cranberry, orange peel, white flowers and Lychee
On the palate sour cherry and blood orange flavors are framed nicely by bright acidity and lingering minerality
Fact Sheet
  • 100% 
    Pinot Noir
Gently pressing the whole clusters, the lightly colored juice was fermented at cool temperatures in stainless steel tanks. This technique retains the bright fruit character and crisp acidity.
Aged four months in stainless steel and neutral French Oak barrels