2015 Siduri Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir

SKU #1314445 90 points Jeb Dunnuck

 The classic base 2015 Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir comes from seven vineyards (two new ones, Lemoravo and Escolle), located towards the southern end of the appellation, and sees varying amount of whole cluster and is aged in 20-25% new French oak. It's a textbook Santa Lucia Pinot and has lots of violets, juicy berry fruits, cranberry and spice in a rounded, plump, charming and delicious style. It's a terrific value. I was able to taste Adam Lee’s full-lineup for this report, including his Russian River Valley, Sonoma and Oregon releases. It’s a big lineup, but there’s some gorgeous Pinot Noirs here. (JebDunnuck.com  (8/2017)

Allen Meadows - Burghound

 Here the nose mixes both red and dark berry fruit aromas with soft earth and spice wisps. The middle weight and attractively vibrant flavors aren’t quite as concentrated but they are finer with a good detail on the delicious and again youthfully austere finish where a hint of acid tang. This too is really quite good as I like the complexity even if the balance isn’t quite as dialed in.  (1/2018)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Pale to medium ruby-purple colored, the 2015 Pinot Noir Santa Lucia Highlands gives intense notes of crushed cranberries and red cherries with hints of dried herbs and fallen leaves. Medium-bodied and finely crafted on the red-fruited palate, it has soft, silky tannins and plenty of freshness, finishing with an herbal lift. (LPB)  (9/2017)

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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.

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.


- 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.
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Santa Lucia Highlands

Alcohol Content (%): 14.5