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Professional Ratings: 92 Wine Spectator, 92 Wine Enthusiast
Region: Central Coast, California
Varietal: Pinot Noir
Style: Smooth & Supple
Alcohol By Volume: 14.7%
Item no. 107714
Located in one of the highest-plantable sites in the Santa Lucia Highlands of Monterey County, this pristine bench offers the Las Alturas Vineyard cool, coastal days with consistent sunshine and a foundation of Gloria sandy loam soil.
When planting this 15-acre vineyard, we matched various Pinot Noir clones to individual slopes and soil attributes of the land. Our yields are deliberately kept low in order to preserve the fruit intensity these clonal choices have given us.
Bold, rich and layered, with dense dark berry fruit that shows touches of spice, wild berry and blackberry and attractive floral scents. Full-bodied, this expands on the finish, where the flavors fan out. Best from 2012 through 2020.
A big, rich, full-bodied wine, flashy and dramatic. Floods the
mouth with cherry-berry flavors, yet somehow feels
light and elegant despite the weight and tannins, which
is a kind of magic. You'll find all kinds of raspberries,
cherries, sandalwood and exotic spices, but the wine
isn't really ready. Give it 3–4 years in the cellar.