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Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir

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About this Wine

Vineyards

Santa Lucia Highlands is perched high above the Salinas Valley in Monterey County, and is quickly becoming a crown jewel of California viticulture.

SLH enjoys one of California’s longest growing seasons. The alluvial terrace has well-drained granitic soils with vineyards planted on hillside slopes to take advantage of the sunshine. Monterey Bay’s coastal morning fog and afternoon maritime breezes cool the vines, allowing long, gentle ripening of the grapes. The berries are small with thick skins, leading to wines with great structure and deep, intense fruit character.

Winemaking

Stainless steel fermentation; 10 months barrel aging in 100% French oak.

Winemaker's Notes

This elegant and opulent Pinot Noir features aromas of cranberries and graham cracker with earthy overtones. The palate reveals ripe red fruit flavors complemented by balanced tannins and a long, lingering finish.

Pairings

Roast duck or any game bird served alongside truffle risotto.

Accolades

Wine Specs

Appellation:
Santa Lucia Highlands
Alcohol:
14.5%
TA:
.53
pH:
3.73
RS:
.13 g/ 100 ml

Current Vintage Accolades – 2016

  • 92 Points / Tasting Panel Publisher's Picks

    "Earth, Portobello mushrooms and plum tart are a highlight on the nose, while serious notes of tobacco, slate and black pepper don the palate. Strawberry and watermelon are graceful fruits that add a juiciness to the core. Coffee tannins are easy on the tongue for a lengthy finish."

  • Silver Medal

    Los Angeles International Wine Competition

  • Bronze Medal

    TEXSOM International Wine Awards