Sunday, April 8, 2012
2007 Sanctuary Bien Nacido Pinot Noir
The 2007 Sanctuary Bien Nacido Vineyard Pinot Noir, Santa Maria Valley is a very light, borderline transparent wine with a clear rim. Lean and lithe in the nose with tart cherry, cranberry and menthol notes. Might even be a bit of pencil lead/graphite hiding in there, too. Tartness carries over onto the palate where the acid and under-ripe fruit notes dominate the charred oak and dusty, herbaceous notes. Much leaner than the Pinots I typically enjoy, yet somehow this all comes together quite well; particularly with the food. A nice change of pace from this classic, cooler climate vineyard. About $25.