March 7, 2006
2001 Sanford Pinot Noir, La Rinconada Vineyard, Santa Rita Hills, Santa Barbara County
Luckily, more and more Americans are embracing a healthier lifestyle. In fact, this trend has spread to the wine industry, making it necessary to provide organic choices for our guests. At 3030 Ocean, we carry a selection of organic wines. One of my favorite selections on our list is the 2001 Sanford Pinot Noir. The family-owned winery has a limited production of only 1300 cases, making it rare and wonderful. The wine is lush, viscous and opulent with a richness rarely found in Pinot Noir. Hints of dark plum and cherry with deep chocolately nuances will delight. It has a smooth, plush texture and medium tannins. Aromatic, upfront scents of red cherry and raspberry mingle with leather, anise and a hint of smoke. This wine has been lauded as one of the finest Pinot Noirs available. Aged in 100% new French oak for 20 months, the wine has a dense, goes-on-forever finish that complements meat and game dishes and is rich enough for prime rib. The 2001 Sanford Pinto Noir retails for approximately $120.
3030 Ocean, considered one of South Florida’s premier oceanfront dining destinations, offers up the modern American seafood of executive chef and author Dean Max. A graduate of Florida International University with a bachelor’s degree in Hospitality Management, Nicole Jackson has been 3030 Ocean’s general manager since 2000. A certified sommelier, Jackson has helped 3030 Ocean earn the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence for four consecutive years, 2002-2005. Her impressive wine list encompasses over 350 selections, with more than 50 by the glass.