The Tasting Panel magazine

Nov 09

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66 / the tasting panel / november 2009 Pinot Noir Redevelopment Project In the Sta. Rita Hills AVA, the iconic Sanford & Benedict Vineyard has always received high acclaim. Now, under Terlato family ownership, Sanford Winery's star site is on the verge of an even greater future story and photos by Meridith May Sanford's busy new tasting room and winery facility in the heart of the Sta. Rita Hills appellation. Inspired by the California Mission style, the two-story structure is built from raw materials that include 100-year-old reclaimed barn wood from Washington State. The fi rst Pinot Noir planted in the Santa Rita Hills appellation was at Sanford & Benedict Vineyard al- most 40 years ago. Today, Sanford winemaker Steve Fennell stands in front of 33 acres of new plantings added to the redeveloped original 100 acres.

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