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Santa Barbara's New Frontier

Santa Rita Hills cool-climate Pinot Noirs add an enticing new twist
James Laube
Issue: September 15, 2003

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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