2012 Sandler Wine Company Pinot Noir Bien Nacido Vineyard

Pinot Noir

  • USA
  • > California
  • > Central Coast
  • > Santa Maria Valley
Drink between 2014 - 2020
CT90.5 27 reviews
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Community Tasting Notes 21

  • 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
  • AlarmGuy79 Does not like this wine:

    November 15, 2014 - This is not our style, of the three Sandler's I've opened thus far, this misses the mark for my wife and I. Very earthy nose but what was not to my liking was the heaviness of this wine. To my palate, this reminded me of Belle Glos which I also do not care for.

    That being said, this is one of the things that makes the journey and experience so much fun, trying different things to find what you enjoy.

  • wirelesswine wrote:

    November 8, 2014 - Quite big style of pinot - no formal notes; it was tasty though.

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Wine Definition

  • 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

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 2 (1%)
  • In Cellars 159 (67%)
  • Consumed 76 (32%)

Food Pairing

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Who Likes This Wine

88% Like It  8 votes