Lutum Sanford & Benedict Vineyard Pinot Noir 2015








LUTUM was born from a shared vision between Bill Price, entrepreneur and owner Price Family Vineyards, and winemaker Gavin Chanin. Their wine focuses on small-production, single-vineyard Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from prime vineyard sites in California. The name LUTUM is Latin for dirt or soil, referencing their mission to make wines that express these great sites, with little to mask the vineyards’ natural character. Together, they are the Bards of LUTUM.


Sanford & Benedict Vineyard is one of the oldest vineyards in Santa Barbara County (planted in 1971), located in the famed Sta. Rita Hills. The grapes were harvested on August 15th, 19th. At the winery, the grapes were destemmed and underwent a four-day cold-soak prior to fermentation. The wine was then gently pressed and put into French oak barrels where it stayed for 18 months before being bottled in March 2017.


2015 Sanford & Benedict Pinot is a concentrated wine. As I sat down to write tasting notes about this wine I couldn’t decide whether the wine was powerful or elegant – and after a couple of glasses I think it’s a balance of both. The nose is bramble with raspberries and blackberries being most apparent. There are touches of rose and white pepper that give this wine stunning complexity and push it more towards old world complexities that I’m used to seeing in Burgundy. The same power and elegance is echoed on the palate with fine tannin and fantastic concentration. This wine is a perfect example of the complexities of old vines (planted 1971) from one of the best vineyard sites in Santa Barbara County.

100% Pinot Noir

Sta. Rita Hills/ Santa Barbara County
Harvest date: August 15th & 19th, 2015
Brix at harvest: 23.0
pH at harvest: 3.07
Finished alcohol: 13.70


96 Points – Vinous, Antonio Galloni
93 Points – Jeb Dunnuck