2010 Sequana Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir 375ml (Elsewhere $20)

SKU #1155006 92 points Wine Enthusiast

 Lush and opulent, this shows complex flavors of cherry compote, raspberry jam, date and exotic spice. Thoroughly dry on the finish, this drinks well right now. It offers a delicacy that's sometimes missing in Santa Lucia Pinot Noirs. From Hess Collection.  (3/ 2013)

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By: Bryan Brick |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 2/25/2014  | Send Email
You have to love half bottles. I believe that they are a completely underappreciated tool in the world of wine. They are the perfect size if you are drinking alone and don’t want to feel like you were hit by a sledgehammer the night before. They allow people to try wines without much of a financial commitment, most of the time. Plus they are amazing at restaurants, I’m much more willing to order half bottles than glasses of wine from almost every establishment I can think of that offers both. The 2010 Sequana Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir is a perfect example of how enjoyable a half bottle can be. Certainly on the more masculine side of Pinot this has a powerful nose of plum, cassis and bacon with an undercurrent of wet, forest-like earth. Pitchy and full of sappy red fruits this is for the bigger is better side of the Pinot scale but still maintains good finishing acidity and lift throughout the wine. Flavors of raw roast beef, roasted beets, black cherry and a return of a smoky bacon note should be pleasing if you need a little bottle to keep you company for the night.

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Varietal:

Pinot Noir

- One of France's most legendary grapes and the grape that earned Burgundy its reputation. The parent of varietals like Pinot Gris/Grigio and Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir is blue to violet to indigo in color with relatively thin skins, and it is said to have been cultivated in France for more than 2,000 years. At its best, Pinot Noir creates elegant wines that are filled with primary red fruit aromas and flavors while young, revealing with an array of secondary characteristics like earth, smoke, violet, truffle and game with age. The varietal is also known, perhaps better than any, for its ability to translate terroir, or a sense of place. While the best Pinot Noir still comes from Burgundy, it is being produced with increasing success in cooler climates around the world. In France, it is part of the trifecta of grapes that can go into Champagne, and it is also grown in Alsace, Irancy, Jura, Savoie, Lorraine and Sancerre. Outside of France it is produced under the names Pinot Nero and Blauburgunder in Italy's mountainous regions, as Spätburgunder in Germany and as Blauburgunder in Austria. In the US, Pinot Noir has found suitable growing conditions in the cooler parts of California, including Carneros, the Russian River Valley, the Anderson Valley, the Sonoma Coast, Monterey County, the Santa Lucia Highlands and Santa Barbara County, as well as in Oregon's Willamette Valley. In recent years, New Zealand has demonstrated its ability to interpret this hard-to-grow varietal, with successful bottlings coming from careful and attentive growers in Central Otago, Martinborough and Canterbury. Chile is also an up-and-coming region for Pinot Noir, creating fresh, fruit-forward, early-drinking and affordable Pinots from the coastal Casablanca Valley and the Limari Valley.
Country:

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.
Sub-Region:

California

- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
Specific Appellation:

Santa Lucia Highlands

Alcohol Content (%): 14.1