Santa Rosa Road – part 2

(For part one, visit the previous post.)

After a brief glimpse of the beautiful vineyards ahead (at 6.60) and after passing Santa Rosa Park (7.60), the most impressive views on Santa Rosa Road occur starting around 7.95. Off to the north are the vineyards of Sea Smoke, Mount Carmel, Rita’s Crown, and Wenzlau. You can pull off the road at 8.26 (at 512′ elevation), and walk just a couple hundred feet for a stunning view.

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At 8.72, you are flanked by renowned Sanford & Benedict and then La Rinconada vineyards (south) and Fiddlestix vineyard (north). Be sure to notice the old Sanford barn up above S&B (at 8.78). And watch for the 7.28 road sign just to your right—marking the distance from hwy 1 to the west. 

The Sanford & Benedict barn (from the early 1970's)
The Sanford & Benedict barn (from the early 1970’s)

S&B Vineyard

Looking over Sanford & Benedict, Fiddlestix, and Sea Smoke vineyards
Looking over Sanford & Benedict, Fiddlestix, and Sea Smoke vineyards
Mileage Marker 7.28, commemorated by Fiddlehead's 728 pinot
Mileage Marker 7.28, commemorated by Fiddlehead’s 728 pinot
A glimpse of the never-completed monastery (subject of future post)
A glimpse of the never-completed monastery (subject of future post)
Sea Smoke Vineyard have 170 planted acres on the southern slope of the SR Hills
Sea Smoke Vineyard has 170 planted acres on the southern slope of the SR Hills
A glimpse of Fe Ciega ("blind faith"), planted by Richard Longoria in 1978.
A glimpse of Fe Ciega (“blind faith”), planted by Richard Longoria in 1978.

Continuing west, the Sanford tasting room is located at 5010 Santa Rosa Road (9.57).

Sanford Tasting Room

 

Shortly after this (at 9.75 and then at 10.90), you’ll see signs for La Encantada vineyard, planted by the Sanfords in 1995. It produces grapes sourced by Lutum, Chanin, Ken Brown, Foxen, Deovlet, Testarossa, and several others.

The two plots of La Encantada have 100 acres—almost all pinot noir
The two plots of La Encantada have 100 acres—almost all pinot noir

Between the two sections of La Encantada vineyard, watch (around 10.62) for friendly faces on the south and views of the Sweeney Road cliffs to the north!

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(Part three of this series will follow in the next post.)

 

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