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2012 Sandler Wine Company Pinot Noir Santa Lucia Highlands

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6/30/2015 - shaferguy91 wrote: 90 points

No decant. Good QPR !

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2013 Sandler Wine Company Pinot Noir Boer Vineyard

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6/20/2015 - PIntag wrote: 90 points

BU11ITT's previous note is pretty much spot on for me. In summary, this is very tight on the pop 'n pour with aggressive tannins. This really tasted very shut down at first, but after vacuvin'ing and leaving overnight, the fruit emerged a bit and showed a glimpse of what this wine will be in 3 or 15 years.

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2013 Sandler Wine Company Pinot Noir Santa Lucia Highlands

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6/19/2015 - pjhr wrote: 90 points

Similar tasting note to previous bottle.

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2013 Sandler Wine Company Pinot Noir Boer Vineyard

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6/17/2015 - bu11itt Likes this wine: 91 points

Nose: Bright red fruit with a slight chalky mineral aspect. It's still pretty closed after two 2 hours of air, but there is an herbal greenness with a little bit of spice that is starting to come out.

Palate: Strong, firm, grippy tannins dominate the palate. There is a deft balance of fruit behind the tannic wall that keeps it from being one dimensional.

Finish: Bright, astringent and fruity. The red fruit (cherry/strawberry) come through here with a tart bite. There is a crisp acidity that works well with the fruit and tannins.

Thoughts: I don't know if it's in a stage between the exuberance of youth and the complexity of age but it seems pretty tight and closed. After 4 hours of air it's starting to open up a little but still pretty reluctant. The structure is there with a bit of fruit and spice that makes me anxious for the future. Even with the reluctance, it's still drinking well now and only has upside in the foreseeable future.

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2013 Sandler Wine Company Pinot Noir Santa Lucia Highlands

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6/16/2015 - pjhr wrote: 90 points

Tasty ripe red berry and spice aromas and flavors with moderate finish! Delicious young pinot! I give the edge to 2012 though.

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2012 Sandler Wine Company Grenache Boer Vineyard

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6/15/2015 - sellerscellar Likes this wine: 89 points

Much more oak showing through on this bottle. Not quite as enjoyable...maybe a dumb phase?

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2012 Sandler Wine Company Pinot Noir Keefer Ranch

Russian River Valley more

6/10/2015 - KyleMittskus wrote: 92 points

No formal notes taken, but this wine was incredibly light in the glass and HUGE on the nose and palate. So, so delicious. Big, sweet red fruit (not sugar sweet, but sweet fruit). A nice little zing of acid kept it from being overly goopy. I really like this style of wine, but it's certainly a style that isn't for everyone. I would drink this all day long, though.

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2013 Sandler Wine Company Pinot Noir Santa Lucia Highlands

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6/2/2015 - BigTex22 Likes this wine: 91 points

Popped and poured. Consistent with other bottles. Exceptional QPR. Should hold a few more years. GOOD.

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2013 Sandler Wine Company Pinot Noir Bien Nacido Vineyard

Santa Maria Valley more

5/31/2015 - WineCPA wrote: 91 points

Candied red cherry predominantly. Medium acidity. Very good now. No need to wait. Not overly sweet thankfully. Could use more depth.

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2012 Sandler Wine Company Pinot Noir Santa Lucia Highlands

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5/28/2015 - pjhr wrote: 91 points

Similar tasting notes to previous bottle.

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2012 Sandler Wine Company Pinot Noir Peterson Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands

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5/24/2015 - dhammer53 wrote: 90 points

Light purple color. Cherry and spice. Smooth on pop n pour. Elegant after being open for 60 minutes. No pinot noir bitterness. Drank this with cousins Don and Kassie. This was a BerserkerDay special.

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2012 Sandler Wine Company Pinot Noir Bien Nacido Vineyard

Santa Maria Valley more

5/25/2015 - Djfermentation Likes this wine: 93 points

Wow Ed! This one continues to deliver. We had this one side by side with a Williams Selyem Sonoma Coast from the same year and the Sandler Bien Nacido was the clear favorite among our guests. Terrific California Pinot!

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2012 Sandler Wine Company Pinot Noir Santa Lucia Highlands

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5/24/2015 - MikeATL Likes this wine: 88 points

Pronounced tomato skin, with a bit of spice, earth, and red fruit on the nose, with cherry and spice on the palate with enough tannin and acidity to keep it from being fat. I was surprised to note that alcohol is listed at 14.6%, as there was neither heat nor the over ripeness that can be common with higher alcohol PInot Noir. A nice wine.

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2012 Sandler Wine Company Pinot Noir Santa Lucia Highlands

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5/22/2015 - markswine wrote: 88 points

cant get into the sugar. It's zippy Red fruit, but kind of over ripe at the same time. Not sure about this. Didn't like it as much as the last bottle.

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2013 Sandler Wine Company Zinfandel Buck Hill Vineyard

Sonoma County more

5/18/2015 - Grape_ape wrote: NR

A bit primary still with oak protruding a bit more than my liking, but mostly in balance... certainly has a delicious factor with very pure fruit, but probably benefits from a little time to integrate the oak.

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2013 Sandler Wine Company Pinot Noir Boer Vineyard

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5/10/2015 - RDHudak wrote: 91 points

Very informal, but this really needed a decant. Definitely progressed through the nigh and the next day, it was a bit more elegant than other offerings and was delicious. Elegant cranberry, earth, strawberry and rhubarb.

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2013 Sandler Wine Company Syrah Connell Vineyard

Bennett Valley more

5/9/2015 - bu11itt Likes this wine: NR

Preface: Pulled the cork at 8 AM. Poured a small glass at 10 AM. Splash decant at 1:30 PM.

Nose: 10 AM-Initially very tight and reluctant. Only primary red/blue fruit showing.1 PM-Still very, very tight. 7 PM-Pretty much the same but with slightly more pronounced notes of olive, herbs and meat alongside the fruit. Maybe I'm a little crazy but I swear I can smell some small hints of lavender.

Palate: 1 PM-Still very closed. There is a bright, refreshing acidity and fine tannins. 7 PM- Starting to get some earth along side the fruit, which is starting to darken up now. The acidity is still quite strong with leathery yet fine tannins.

Finish: 1 PM-The most important note here is on the very backend I can catch a faint note of the cool climate influences.  7 PM- As with before, this is really where your cooler climate influence to start to show up. Strong notes of herbs and dirt with a dried raspberry / cranberry character thanks to the astringency.

Thoughts: Slain before its time. The wine is very reluctant and quite closed. With extended air it starts to come out of its shell and show its true character. I agree with the winemaker in that this wine needs cellar time to come around and fully integrate.  Regardless, it still does drink fairly well with a lot of air. If you want to drink one now, I'd say give it a 12 to 24 hour decant beforehand. No rating due to youth.

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2012 Sandler Wine Company Pinot Noir Santa Lucia Highlands

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5/6/2015 - donknotts Likes this wine: 91 points

Delicious

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2013 Sandler Wine Company Syrah Connell Vineyard

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5/4/2015 - Grape_ape Likes this wine: 91 points

Really nice for the price. Need to order more.

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2005 Sandler Wine Company Syrah Connell Vineyard

Bennett Valley more

5/2/2015 - Frank Murray III wrote: NR

Ed Kurtzman Comes To Dinner (2015) (Luiciana's In Dana Point): I still have a bottle of this in my cellar so I was pleased to have Ed feature one from his library for the dinner. When I opened this wine earlier in the day, and I removed some of the light build around the very top of the bottle, it was like spooning out olive tapenade. One of those unique wine experiences that I will remember forever. Just crazy good. I know Ed made this with entirely whole cluster and that aspect is on display. Olive, cooked meat, dark fruit, pepper and bbq/sauce. Savory and not dried out or green. This remains very unique and terrific 10 years out and no sign of fade.

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2012 Sandler Wine Company Pinot Noir Keefer Ranch

Russian River Valley more

5/2/2015 - Frank Murray III wrote: NR

Ed Kurtzman Comes To Dinner (2015) (Luiciana's In Dana Point): Tasted next to the 10 and 11, FWIW. This is more like the 10 to me, than the 11. Whereas the 11 is juicier, this is more fruit centric and I got what I thought was a little heat in the aromatic. From my experience, this is what you won't find on the 11 vintage, and I continue to take a minority opinion, putting the 11 vintage ahead of 12. There is good acidity in this 12, floral and like the 12, more red fruit centric. Just a bit bigger than the 11, which I found to me the winner of the flight, with this 12 coming in second.

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2011 Sandler Wine Company Pinot Noir Keefer Ranch

Russian River Valley more

5/2/2015 - Frank Murray III wrote: NR

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.

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Red

2010 Sandler Wine Company Pinot Noir Keefer Ranch

Russian River Valley more

5/2/2015 - Frank Murray III wrote: NR

Ed Kurtzman Comes To Dinner (2015) (Luiciana's In Dana Point): We tasted the 10-12 wines in the same flight, so we could get some contrast. Of the three, I put the 10 in third place. It does have red apple skin, dark raspberry, zingy acidity and light root beer. The reason I put the wine in third place is that it has a candied quality in the finish. The 12 was better and the 11, that wine is a gem, FWIW.

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2005 Sandler Wine Company Syrah Connell Vineyard

Bennett Valley more

5/3/2015 - brigcampbell wrote: NR

Ed Kurtzman Dinner (Luciana's, Dana Point, CA): Huge amount of tapenade showing on the nose and palate. Big mineral and chalk mid palate. Medium acid. This was Sandlers first vintage and it's amazing if you love the northern Rhone style like I do.

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2012 Sandler Wine Company Pinot Noir Keefer Ranch

Russian River Valley more

5/3/2015 - brigcampbell wrote: NR

Ed Kurtzman Dinner (Luciana's, Dana Point, CA): Riper of the three vintages at this point but also the youngest. Red fruit / raspberry and sandalwood. I think someone used the term "slutty fruit".

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