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 Vintage2011 Label 1 of 6 
(NOTE: Label borrowed from 2010 vintage.)
ProducerSandler Wine Company (web)
VarietyPinot Noir
VineyardKeefer Ranch
SubRegionSonoma County
AppellationRussian River Valley

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2013 and 2017 (based on 1 user opinion)

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 90 pts. and median of 90 pts. in 8 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by brigcampbell on 5/3/2015: Ed Kurtzman Dinner (Luciana's, Dana Point, CA): Raspberry aromas and palate. The oak is still making itself known. Strawberry palate big spicy ending. This just nudges the 2010 and 2012 for my favorite. I'm a sucker for the best Pinot in California history, 2011. (448 views)
 Tasted by Frank Murray III on 5/2/2015: Ed Kurtzman Comes To Dinner (2015) (Luiciana's In Dana Point): Tasted next to the 10 and 12, FWIW. Once again, when I sit down in any setting, and often times the varietal doesn't matter in this instance, I always land on the 11 as being a superior vintage. I know people put it down, but I continue to find great wines coming out of this year. Here with Ed's 11, it has a juicy feel, funk and red raspberry (not dark raspberry like the 10). Solid acidity too. With air, this picks up a floral quality and everything knitted up well as we rolled into the dinner. Terrific. (732 views)
 Tasted by leadpencil on 1/10/2014 & rated 92 points: Cherry, raspberry, rose petal, pine needle. (1161 views)
 Tasted by joraesque on 10/18/2013 & rated 89 points: The nose was subdued -- may develop further given more time. Classic, delicious RRV on the palate, and ready for consumption. 88-89 (1234 views)
 Tasted by scott davis on 9/3/2013 & rated 90 points: Medium purple color, with lifting aromas of rose petals, black cherries, raspberries, and wet forest. The palate shows nice flavors of black cherries and strawberries with light spice and cola notes. Finishes with an attractive crispness and light tannins. (1281 views)
 Tasted by brigcampbell on 2/17/2013: Falltacular 2013 (FMIII in the OC): Sandler does the best Keefer, I've tasted quite a few producers over the years and I've always preferred Sandler. I'm not alone in that opinion as a few winemakers felt the same way. There is lots of spicy raspberry on what would be described as fruit forward but there is excellent balance and a monster finish. Top 10 of the evening for me. (2302 views)

Professional 'Channels'
By Antonio Galloni
Vinous, The Santa Lucia Highlands 2011s: Chardonnay Reigns Supreme (Jul 2013)
(Sandler Pinot Noir Keefer Ranch Russian River Valley) Subscribe to see review text.
By Josh Raynolds
Vinous, May/June 2013, IWC Issue #168
(Sandler Wine Company Pinot Noir Keefer Ranch Russian River Valley) Subscribe to see review text.
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Sandler Wine Company

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Pinot Noir

Varietal character (Appellation America) | Varietal article (Wikipedia)
Pinot Noir is the Noble red grape of Burgundy, capable of ripening in a cooler climate, which Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot will not reliably do. It is unpredictable and difficult both to grow and to vinify, but results in some of the finest reds in the world. It is believed to have been selected from wild vines two thousand years ago. It is also used in the production of champagne. In fact, more Pinot Noir goes into Champagne than is used in all of the Cote d'Or! It is also grown in Alsace, Germany, the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Croatia, Serbia, Italy, Austria, and so forth, with varying degrees of success.

Keefer Ranch

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California Wines (Wine Institute of California)

California is one of the most diverse wine regions in the world, with almost 100 grape varieties grown in over 100 viticultural areas, including dozens of ­different microclimates and soil types, as well as a very individualistic set of ­winemakers, many with international experience, which adds to and deepens that diversity.

Sonoma County

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Russian River Valley

Russian River Valley Winegrowers Association | Wikipedia

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