Pinot Noir, Sandler Winery, Block F
The 2021 Sandler Bien Nacido Pinot Noir is the first wine they’ve made from this site since the excellent 2017 vintage. 2021 was a smaller than average crop from Block F, with 2.3 tons brought in of Wadenswil and Pommard Pinot Noir. The extended hang time produced the ripest fruit since their inaugural vintage of 2010.
The dense purple color is unusually dark for a Sandler Pinot. There is plenty of berry fruit in the nose that is surrounded by the cool-climate aromas of the Santa Maria Valley appellation. Refreshing acidity on the palate keeps the ripeness in check and balances out the wine beautifully.