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2012 Sandler Wine Company Pinot Noir Bien Nacido Vineyard
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Community Tasting Notes 23
Rich S Likes this wine: (91 points)
January 27, 2015 - Popped and poured. Light ruby color with great clarity. Nose of cranberry, pomegranate, baking spices, a hint of earthiness and a touch of oak. Really pretty. Similar flavors on the palate with a juicy red fruit flavor profile. Perfectly balanced with medium+ acidity and medium tannins at best. Excellent Cali pinot and killer QPR.
January 1, 2015 - enjoyed this more than other recent Sandler's from other vintages/vineyards. More my style with the lower alcohol, higher acidity. Really nice bottle, especially for the price.
GoBlue2002 wrote: (90 points)
December 12, 2014 - A quality pinot, just not my preferred style.
Granted this is a cool climate Cali pinot, being Santa Maria valley, but the low alcohol (13.5% ABV), light color & body, and high (yet balanced) acidity, make this an easy drinker. However, I wouldn't consider this "light on its feet" either.
Aromas and flavors of earth, bright cherry, black fruits, and spice.
This lacks much complexity at this point, so I plan to hold my other Sandler pinots for a few years and see how they age. Good now for an easy drinking pinot, but I suggest holding.2 people found this helpful Comment
Djfermentation Likes this wine: (92 points)
December 3, 2014 - Earthy on the nose with lots of red and black fruits. There is a lot in this pinot but it is by no means over the top. It is however just a delicious, well priced, balanced pinot that I think fans of many different types of wines and styles of wines can appreciate. Glad to see that Ed is making wine from Santa Maria again.1 person found this helpful Comment
P Monty wrote: (93 points)
November 26, 2014 - Another impressive Sandler showing. Ed knows how to make great pinot, and he puts many other wineries to shame with how reasonably he prices them.
This is a bright, light red color, quite transparent. Lots of medium-sweet red cherry and fresh strawberry flavors. Next comes orange and orange peel, finishing with a dusting of Christmas spices and a balanced, acidic, clean finish. No heaviness or obtrusive oak, just pure Bien Nacido fruit, and the wine stays light on its feet.
This has enough fruit and ripeness not to be a true AWFE special or a predominantly savoury-type wine experience, but it's a long ways from being overripe, big or heavy. Just a joyous, honest pinot. It would be terrific at the Thanksgiving table, by the way.2 people found this helpful Comment
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By Antonio Galloni
2012 Santa Lucia Highlands: A Winemaker’s Vintage (July 2014) (link)
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- Vintage 2012
- Type Red
- Producer Sandler Wine Company
- Varietal Pinot Noir
- Designation n/a
- Vineyard Bien Nacido Vineyard
- Country USA
- Region California
- SubRegion Central Coast
- Appellation Santa Maria Valley
- Pending Delivery 2 (1%)
- In Cellars 152 (64%)
- Consumed 84 (35%)