Sandler Wine Company

Owner(s) Ed Kurtzman
Web site www.sandlerwine.com
 
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This is a small private label of noted winemaker Ed Kurtzman. The lineup includes Zinfandel, Syrah, Grenache and Pinot Noir but varies with each vintage depending on grape sources (first vintage was 2003). The wines are produced at the August West winery in San Francisco.

The wines are sold through a mailing list.

Reviewed Wines

2015 Sandler Wine Co. Bien Nacido Vineyard Santa Maria Valley Pinot Noir

13.8% alc., $36. Grapes were de-stemmed. Aged 11 months in used French oak barrels. · Moderately light ruby red color in the glass. A seductive nose leads with aromas of black cherry, pomegranate, spice cabinet, smoke and a hint of rose petal. Middleweight in style and quite elegant and polished, with a red fruited core featuring cherry and strawberry flavors. Seamless, with a modestly intense yet seductive finish. Score: 92. Reviewed June 4, 2017

2015 Sandler Wine Co. Boer Vineyard Chalone Pinot Noir

13.7% alc., 71 cases, $36. Very low yields in this vintage at 1 ton per acre. 100% whole cluster fermentation. Aged 11 months in 100% used French oak barrels. · Moderate garnet color in the glass. A unique wine with wondrous aromas of cherry, lavender, leather and Asian spices. Light to mid weight in character, with cherry and red berry fruit flavors accompanied by savory herb and subtle oak notes. Very elegant, with noticeable but not imposing fruit tannins, finishing with uplifting juiciness. Score: 92. Reviewed June 4, 2017

2015 Sandler Wine Co Peterson Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir

14.2% alc., $40.100% de-stemmed. Aged 11 months in 100% used French oak barrels. This vineyard tends to be ostentatious at an early age and this vintage is no exception. · Moderate garnet color in the glass. Spellbinding aromas of black cherry, raspberry, sandalwood and perfumed flowers. Discreetly weighted and quite gracious, yet offering a full flavor experience including tastes of black raspberry and blackberry fruits. Very suave in the mouth, with silky tannins, a velvety mouthfeel and a lovely finish. A harmonious offering for connoisseurs. Score: 94. Reviewed June 4, 2017

2015 Sandler Wine Co. Keefer Ranch Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.5% alc., $40. 100% de-stemmed. Aged 11 months in 100% used French oak barrels. · Moderate garnet color in the glass. This wine is rather reluctant to reveal its charms at this early stage. Aromas of dark berries, wood pile and spice arrive slowly in the glass. Notable intensity of black cherry fruit on the attack and mid palate with very impressive intensity on the finish. Juicy acidity keeps the wine fresh. This beauty will need a few years in bottle to fully express itself. Score: 90-92. Reviewed June 4, 2017

2011 Sandler Wine Co. Boer Vineyard Chalone Pinot Noir

13.7% alc.. · Moderately dark reddish-purple color in the glass. Aromas of chocolate covered cherries, root beer and soy sauce. Delicious core of cherry pie glaze, hitting the mid palate with a vengeance and finishing with good intensity. A hint of chocolate brownie adds interest. Very soft in the mouth and easy to cozy up to. Very good. Reviewed July 21, 2013 ARTICLE »

2010 Sandler Wine Co. Bien Nacido Vineyard Santa Maria Valley Pinot Noir

14.6% alc., 2nd bottling from this vineyard. Pommard clone. · Medium reddish-purple hue in the glass. Beguiling array of dark stone fruits and berries on the nose accented with cardamom spice. Broad flavors of fresh dark berries with enough tannin to keep the wine in line. A toasty oak accent is complimentary. A seamless wine showing presence without weight. Still terrific two days later from a previously opened and re-corked bottle demonstrating potential age worthiness. Reviewed April 4, 2012 ARTICLE »

2010 Sandler Wine Co. Clos Pepe Vineyard Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir

14.8% alc., · Medium reddish-purple color in the glass. Aromas of oak-kissed black cherries, brier and a hint of alcohol. Silky smooth on the palate with a moderate heft, offering flavors of dark red cherries and berries with a hint of citrus peel in the background. Mild tannins make for easy drinking now, but best to wait. Much better two days later from a previously opened and re-corked bottle. Very good. Reviewed April 4, 2012 ARTICLE »

2010 Sandler Wine Co. Keefer Ranch Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.7% alc., From 1 acre budded over to clone 23, a favorite of winemaker Ed Kurtzman. · Moderately light reddish-purple color in the glass. Very appealing hi-tone aromas of fresh-picked cherries, baking spice and sawdust. A cherry bombast with gossamer tannins, and a refreshing citrus-kissed cherry note on the finish. This wine really grows on you over time in the glass. Still stellar two days later from a previously opened and re-corked bottle. A striking contrast to the Bien Nacido bottling, displaying more vibrancy and acidity, and equally appealing. Reviewed April 4, 2012 ARTICLE »



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