Wine Spectator 92 points - This red offers a rich core of dark berry, licorice, cedary oak, mocha and loamy earth notes. A big style, with lots of flavor nuances, ending with an aftertaste of fresh earth. Drink now through 2022. 121 cases made.-JL
(Apr 30 2015)
In 1994 Nancy Winn and Chuck Kensler, newly retired from their lives in Palo Alto, were ready to start their next chapter, which would take place on their ten acre apple orchard in Green Valley, Russian River. A trifecta of events - meeting and taking a class from vineyard manger Jim Pratt, the fall-out of the apple market, and embracing their innate love for hard work - launched Nancy and Chuck as premium grape growers. Planted exclusively to Pinot Noir in 2000 and sustainably farmed, Sundawg Ridge Vineyard has become an exceptional site that produces fruit with incredible depth and sous bois qualities.
|By committing to pursuing high quality California Pinot Noir back in the late 1970s, Saintsbury founders Dick Ward and David Graves put themselves in the forefront of a movement that would eventually catapult California wines, Carneros Pinot Noir and Saintsbury onto the world wine stage. According to the Wine Spectators Matt Kramer, Saintsbury not only single-handedly demolished the old assertion that California cannot create Pinot Noirs of a Burgundian standard of delicacy and finesse, but also no winery has been more methodical in its investigation and pursuit of newly available Pinot Noir clones than Saintsbury. The stellar range of Saintsbury Pinot Noirs and unfiltered Chardonnays has never performed better than today. Hats off to Dick and Dave who continue to lead the way with innovation and inspiration.