Dragonette Cellars 2019 Pinot Noir Sanford & Benedict Vineyard, Sta. Rita Hills
A few years ago, Dragonette began working with the fruit from historic Sanford & Benedict Vineyard, employing organic farming in and evaluating the grapes for the winery's various Pinot Noir programs. When the team began tasting the 2019 Pinot Noirs, it became clear the S&B wine deserved to be bottled on its own. The cool 2019 vintage was excellent, and the grapes enjoyed extended hangtime into mid-September. More importantly, the barrels of S&B were simply dripping with terroir, contrasting sharply in character (though of similarly excellent quality) from the wines that come from Fiddlestix, only a few hundred yards away. Was it the vine age? Soil differences? Row spacing? Row orientation? Slight elevation differences? Probably all the above, and Dragonette found the wine complete and fascinating, with deep, concentrated red fruits, earth and spices, fine tannins and great persistence.
So here it is. We think you will love this wine.
The wine was aged on its lees for 16 months in French oak barrels (40% new) and bottled without filtration. Extremely Limited. Only 120 cases produced.