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Sanford 1999 Sanford & Benedict Vineyard Pinot Noir (Santa Barbara County)

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Good, rich pure garnet color. Excitingly clean, spicy cherry, beet, oak aromas seamlessly meshing into pure Pinot. Lively in bright, zingy acidity. Long, rich, intense in cherry fruit, rosehip tea, cola, root beer, smoky oak. Vibrant, distinguished, delicious.

The aromas lean toward stewed fruit with a touch of tomato. But cola notes and hints of strawberry keep it vital. The cherry fruit manages to peek through on the palate, where there’s also a fair amount of leafy character not unlike bramble or underbrush.

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