Lucia "SLH" Pinot Noir 2018 (Santa Lucia Highlands, CA)
Winery Notes: Stunningly pure in its infancy, the 2018 Lucia Pinot Noir barely contains its concentrated notes of raspberry, black cherry, and red currant but rather fills the air immediately as this wine splashes into the glass. Red berry flavors hidden within a shimmering ruby core give way to secondary notes of spiced plum, sage, and baking spice, adding extraordinary complexity to an already multi-dimensional wine. Hailing from three estate vineyards (41% Garys’, 32% Pisoni, and 27% Soberanes), this wine combines the best qualities of each site, staying true to the fog-laden slopes of the Santa Lucia Highlands from which it derives. Its concentration, complexity, and structure will stand the test of time.
Jeb Dunnuck, 94 Points: "Moving to the Pinot Noirs, the appellation 2018 Pinot Noir Santa Lucia Highlands has a big, sexy, spicy style as well as medium to full body, a rounded, expansive mouthfeel, classic Pinot Noir underbrush, violets, Asian spices, integrated acidity, and a great finish. This is a year-in, year-out great value readers will love."
Wine Enthusiast, 94 Points: "Dark boysenberry, hibiscus syrup and light licorice aromas lead into an acid-driven palate, where rich boysenberry and cherry flavors meet with toasted marjoram and cracked pepper. This is an affordable appellation blend that’s a great entry point to explore the winery."
Wine Spectator, 92 Points: "Well-structured, with accents of savory, wet earth and forest floor flanking the deep well of dark fruit and Asian spice flavors. Hints of mocha show on the ripe, broad-textured finish. Drink now through 2025."