95 points Matthew Luczy (Decanter): "The nose here is slightly reserved on the first pour, which I find consistent with the old-vine cuvées from this site. It has aromas of boiled red sweets, Earl Grey tea and pine cones. The texture on the palate is broad, lively and animated, with a bright, focused and tense finish. There is no denying the definitive quality of Sanford & Benedict Vineyard, and Tyler Winery’s expression routinely sits at the top of the class. The 2018 saw 50% whole cluster fermentation, was aged 14 months in barrel, blended and then returned to barrel before bottling. Drinking Window: 2020-2045. (Jul 2020)"
93+ points Antonio Galloni (Vinous): "The 2018 Pinot Noir Sanford & Benedict Vineyard is very pretty and understated. Crushed flowers, dried rose petal, mint, sweet red cherry, mulling spices and star anise all give the 2017 striking aromatic presence. Medium in body and silky, the 2018 offers plenty of immediacy and appeal. Readers will find a gracious Pinot built on savory/floral aromatics and tons of sheer appeal. Drink: 2022-2033. (Aug 2020)"
|Appellation||Sta. Rita Hills|