2013 Siduri Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir
* Good Value * Generously fruited with a wealth of ripe cherries well-matched with temperate oak, this deep and very well-balanced bottling is one that outperforms at the price. It is long and insistent with a great sense of precision, and its fine sense of crafting makes it eminently inviting right now even though it is a wine that will age famously. Drink it up soon without guilt if patience comes hard, but know that good things lie ahead for those who are willing to wait for another three to six years.
The 2013 Pinot Noir Santa Lucia Highlands is unusually juicy this year owing to the significant presence of Pisoni fruit in the blend. Dark red stone fruits, blackberries, menthol, tobacco, grilled herbs and game inform a dark, resonant Pinot with tons of near-term appeal. (AG)
Deep purple fruits, black sage, big cherry and woody spices arise from this wine by Adam Lee, who recently sold to Jackson Family Wines but will remain in charge. The palate shows crushed clove and allspice, licorice, graphite and more dark fruit flavors. (MK)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Starting off the 2013 barrel samples, the 2013 Pinot Noir Santa Lucia Highlands comes mostly from the southern, warmer end of the appellation. Possessing an almost tropical edge, with hints of papaya and mango, it shows more classic minty underbrush and cherry and currant-style fruit with time in the glass. Medium-bodied, juicy and also nicely textured, it should be a rock solid Pinot Noir that will drink nicely on release. (JD)
This trim, streamlined version has a pure, focused mix of flavors, presenting ripe berry fruit, acidity and tannins in an easy-to-enjoy style. Drink now through 2020. 2,876 cases made. (JL)