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Santa Rita Hills may be the newest appellation in California's Santa Barbara County (it received government approval in 2001), but it has already begun to make its presence known. The roots of Santa Rita's success go back to the mid-1970s, when Sanford & Benedict Vineyard provided a glimpse of what the future might hold for Pinot Noir grown in the far reaches of Santa Ynez Valley closest to the Pacific Ocean.
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