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2018 Lucia Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir

SKU #1474815 94 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark Moving to the Pinot Noirs, the appellation 2018 Pinot Noir Santa Lucia Highlands has a big, sexy, spicy style as well as medium to full body, a rounded, expansive mouthfeel, classic Pinot Noir underbrush, violets, Asian spices, integrated acidity, and a great finish. This is a year-in, year-out great value readers will love. Inner quote mark (5/2020)

93 points Vinous

Outer quote mark Deep crimson. Intensely perfumed red and blue fruit, floral oil and baking spice qualities on the expressive nose, along with hints of cola and licorice. Juicy and precise, offering concentrated black raspberry, boysenberry and floral pastille flavors that take on a five-spice powder accent with air. Plays power off delicacy with a deft hand and finishes extremely long and supple, with polished tannins framing lingering blue fruit and candied rose notes. (JR) Inner quote mark (10/2020)

92 points Connoisseurs Guide

Outer quote mark We have warned more than once that giving short shrift to Pinots labeled simply by appellation and assuming that single-vineyard renditions are necessarily superior can result in missing many amazingly good wines, and this one from Lucia more than proves the point. Not only is it a wonderfully well-made offering that deserves appreciative applause for its spot-on focus, its depth, its insistent richness and its exquisite balance, it earns an encore round, if not two, for its altogether exceptional value. There is nothing second-tier about it. *Good Value* Inner quote mark (6/2020)

92 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Well-structured, with accents of savory, wet earth and forest floor flanking the deep well of dark fruit and Asian spice flavors. Hints of mocha show on the ripe, broad-textured finish. (KM) Inner quote mark (7/2020)

K&L Notes

From winemaker Jeff Pisoni, this appellation blend offers estate pedigree for an excellent value. It was fermented with native yeast and 19% whole clusters before being aged for 11 months in 40% new French oak. Winery note: "Grown exclusively from our Pisoni, Garys’ and Soberanes vineyards, the Lucia appellation based wines are a wonderful representation of our estate vineyards, of which each block is cultivated to the same high standards. Stunningly pure in its infancy, the 2018 Lucia Pinot Noir barely contains its concentrated notes of raspberry, black cherry, and red currant but rather fills the air immediately as this wine splashes into the glass. Red berry flavors hidden within a shimmering ruby core give way to secondary notes of spiced plum, sage, and baking spice, adding extraordinary complexity to an already multi-dimensional wine. Hailing from three estate vineyards (41% Garys’, 32% Pisoni, and 27% Soberanes), this wine combines the best qualities of each site, staying true to the fog-laden slopes of the Santa Lucia Highlands from which it derives. Its concentration, complexity, and structure will stand the test of time."

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