2016 Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir

2016 Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir


This Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir is a wine of beauty and elegance, with aromas of black cherries, raspberries and cranberries, along with subtle spicy oak notes.  It is highlighted by undertones of forest floor with flavors of ripe, red fruits to round out the bouquet.  On the palate, this Pinot Noir has an expansive mouth-feel with a soft and gentle finish. 



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93 Points - Wine Enthusiast, Editor’s Choice

"A stellar example of freshness from a richer region, this bottling offers buoyant and snappy raspberry fruit on,the nose alongside dewy forest floor, tangy juniper, soft rose petals and a hint of nutmeg. Fresh and invigorating on the palate, the sip shows tart raspberry, crushed thyme, green peppercorn and tapenade flavors."

- M. K.

92 Points - Grapelive

"The 2016 Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot is a small batch wine, only 110 cases from select sites in the Highlands, and it’s a gem of a Pinot Noir with lush and youthful flavors that showcases the vintage perfectly. The sultry and soulful Theopolis Vineyard Pinot shines brightly in the glass with a ruby/claret hue and seductive red fruits, snappy spicy notes, subtle earthy elements and ultra-smooth/luxurious textures, starting with raspberry, black cherry, wild strawberry and plum fruits, light floral notes, briar/bramble, loam, baking spices, a touch of mocha and liquid rose petals. This wine should gain mouth feel and silkiness over the next year in bottle, but certainly it will be a Pinot you’ll want to enjoy especially in it’s youth, I like it’s juicy lift and open nature, it will be best between 2018 and 2022 and will be a good food wine, in particular ahi tuna tartare, cajun style blackened salmon and earthy mushroom dishes."

- Kerry Winslow