2012 Sandler Wine Company Pinot Noir Bien Nacido Vineyard

Pinot Noir

  • USA
  • California
  • Central Coast
  • Santa Maria Valley
Drink between 2014 - 2020 (Edit)
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Community Tasting Notes 34

  • MikeATL Likes this wine: (88 points)

    November 26, 2016 - Tart cranberry and cherry predominate, accented by mulling spices, it is pleasant but held back by a bitterness on the finish that intensifies with air. It works well with leftover turkey, gravy, sage cornbread and Challah dressing, and cranberry/orange congealed salad, which tame the bitterness and accentuate the fruit and spice.

  • Djfermentation wrote: (93 points)

    November 22, 2016 - Just read my previous notes. This wine continues to impress, Ed does Cali Pinot like nobody else in a very good way. This wine has age worthyness written all over it. I need to get a few more and revisit in 10 years.

  • td1836 Likes this wine: (92 points)

    October 11, 2016 - Mostly red fruit, cranberry, cherry, earthy, spices, and orange zest. This has big flavors and big aromatics. The fruit is juicy and pure, and the wine has a smooth texture and long finish.

  • Charlie Carnes Likes this wine: (93 points)

    September 2, 2016 - This is every bit as good as the super delicious and super fresh 2014. It is a tad darker perceptually, while still maintaining freshness. Red fruit, tart, hints of pretty soil and aromatic fruit and mineral perceptions.

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  • King Cab wrote: (95 points)

    August 5, 2016 - Nose of sweet and juicy raspberries and softly textured strawberries. Palate reveals a deftly made Pinot Noir that only a lover of Pinot Noir can make. Deeply textured and fragrant with the things you would want in a Bien Nacido Pinot. Lovely orange rind, sweet bouncy fruit and elegance all amidst a framework that belies its components as singular components, but the alchemy is extraordinary. Focused and pure, this has amazingly lithe tannins and an acidity that defies gravity as this all hovers just above the palate in near suspense of time & space, but enough with superlatives, the honest point I want to drive it this is awesome. It may be my favorite of the Sandler Biens that I have had to date and I am respectfully requesting more. I am scoring this commensurate with its showing at this time of it's and my combined perfect evolution and isn't that what its really all about? This surpasses maybe 80% of the Pinots I have had all year.

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    2012 Santa Lucia Highlands: A Winemaker’s Vintage (July 2014) (link)

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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 95 (34%)
  • Consumed 181 (65%)

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