2014 Siduri Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Scheduled to be bottled in August, the 2014 Pinot Noir Santa Lucia Highlands bottling comes more from the northern part of the appellation in 2014 (the 2013 was mostly from the southern end). It has lots of sweet cherries, roast, violets and minty characteristics as well as a ripe, voluptuous and still lively feel on the palate. More red-fruit dominated than the 2013, it's similarly styled and should certainly be an outstanding wine... I think Adam is making better wines today than he ever has. (JD)
Bright ruby. Lively red fruit and floral aromas are complicated by a zesty mineral overtone and a suggestion of white pepper. Gently sweet and focused on the palate, offering energetic raspberry, cherry and spicecake flavors and a touch of smokiness. Appealingly sweet and supple on the finish, which is framed by dusty, harmonious tannins. Adam Lee has been producing wines from some of the best vineyards in the Santa Lucia Highlands since 1997, when he made his first Pisoni Vineyard bottling. He also made the Franscioni family’s first ROAR wines in 2001 and maintains very close personal ties with them, along with being a big customer for their fruit to this day. Lee bottles an extensive range of Pinot Noirs from vineyards ranging from Oregon down to the Santa Barbara County and his entry-level regional wines, in particular, deliver outstanding value, as they are made from fruit from some of the West Coast’s best sites. Followers of the Siduri wines over the years can’t help but notice that the style here has moved progressively toward less weight and greater elegance, a fact that Lee acknowledges to be a reflection of his own "growing up and evolving, taste-wise," which he says is "a pretty logical and common evolution for anybody who drinks or makes wine." (JR)
Combining elegance with density and complexity, this is firm and spicy, with earth-scented dried berry, licorice, light oak and road tar notes. Ends a bit chewy and rustic, but in a pleasant way. Drink now. 3,021 cases made.