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.
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)
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*
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)
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