The Santa Lucia Highlands is one of the crown jewels of California viticulture, growing and producing some of the state’s best cool climate Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Syrah. The appellation encompasses more than 5,000 acres of prime vineyards, planted on the elevated terraces of the Santa Lucia mountain range. The area’s unique character was recognized with official AVA status in 1991.
The 2013 Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir is a blend of five vineyards; Garys’, Pisoni, Rosella’s, Sierra Mar and Soberanes. These vineyards are located in the heart of the Santa Lucia Highlands and are built upon a tradition of high quality winegrowing. We are so grateful for the friendship of the Pisoni and Franscioni families, whose own friendship spans three generations and who provided us access to this spectacular fruit.
This wine displays deep notes of orange peel, cherries, allspice, nutmeg and five-spice with a hint of rhubarb and strawberry compote.
On the palate:
Our Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir is a deeply structured wine. The supple soft tannins give a full mouthfeel with cinnamon and five spice centered in the mid-palate. A mix of dark fruits, such as cranberry and blackberry dominate, ending in a resounding strawberry and dark cherry finish.