2014 Siduri Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir

SKU #1272526 90-92 points 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)  (8/2015)

90 points Vinous

 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)  (6/2016)

Wine Spectator

 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.  (10/2016)

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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.

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Specific Appellation:

Santa Lucia Highlands

Alcohol Content (%): 14.5