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
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.
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)
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