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Pinot Noir

A Pinot Noir that delivers Santa Lucia Highland’s fruit characteristics in a distinct wine through light handed winemaking. Aged in French Oak for approximately 10 months these wines also undergo years of bottle aging for a full integration of complexities. Our Pinot Noirs possess silky, velvety notes with early season characteristics. For technical details on specific vintages, please utilize each wine's hyperlink in their title below.

2018 CF Pinot Noir 
Iridescent violet and garnet core, translucent pink rim. Small presence of carbonation. Expressive notes of fresh raspberry, candied strawberry and hibiscus tea. Juicy watermelon undertones with explosive fruit punch and bright cherry. Dry, clean and subtle layers of red fruit leading into mid-palate acidity. Lifted notes of cranberry and red cherry. Lingering and lively finish showcasing a slight hint of tannin. 

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2017 Pinot Noir 
Ruby, blood garnet. Hyper expressions of red fruitness on the nose: cherry pie, currants, plum with hints of blueberry. Notes of sprice suggesting cloves, cinnamon, pepper, and blooming roses. Opulent red berry fruit; lustrous mouth feel of balanced acidity from the first sip. Layered with integrated acid and spice. Long-lived rich and round finish. 

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2017 Hilltop 
Deep garnet with violet tones. Crushed rose petal, Red Delicious apple, Luxardo cherry with notes of darker black fruit. Juicy dark fruit: blackberry, olallieberry, and savory cherry cola. Silky smooth and velvety texture throughout into a bold, lengthy and elegantly balanced finish. 

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2017 Nouveau of Pinot Noir
Iridescent, deep garnet color. Fruit punch with layers of hibiscus, guava, strawberry, and raspberry on the nose. Bright burst of tropical fruits and red berries: raspberry, pomegranate with slight earthy strawberry effervescence. Fresh pops of cardamom and acidity throughout the palate leading into a playful, lengthy dry finish.


2016 Pinot Noir
 

Deep, beautiful garnet. Rich with strawberry, pomegranate and raspberry. Fragrant huckleberry, boysenberry and backing blackberry pie. Nuances of cedar, pepper and crushed violets balancing the fruit with earthy aromas. Silky smooth mouth feel highlighting the dark berry fruits of cassis, ripe black cherry, and bramble. Supple, creamy, round mouth feel with succulent acidity, lingering on the palate leaving an enticingly long finish.


2016 El Bec 
Deep garnet red showcasing subtle flecks of violet with a crimson core. Rich with strawberry, pomegranate and raspberry. Fragrant huckleberry, boysenberry and baking blackberry pie. Nuances of cedar, pepper and crushed violets balancing the fruit with earthy aromas. Silky smooth mouth feel highlighting the dark berry fruits of cassis, ripe black cherry, and bramble. Supple, creamy, round mouth feel with succulent acidity, lingering on the palate leaving an enticingly long finish. 


2015 Pinot Noir

Deep ruby and violet tones. Highly expressive blackberry, blueberry, and black cherry fruit with subtle aromas of smoky campfire, nutmeg and sweet fig. Opulent cranberry and cherry balanced with tantalizing and lingering acidity. The end palate finishes rich, long, and slow: staying with you and urging another sip.


2014 Pinot Noir
Bright garnet color. Full nose of supple blue and black fruit, baked cherry pie, and sweet fig. Subtle pepper notes. Strawberry, black cherry and cranberry displaying terroir notes throughout. Super smooth and balanced, mild acidity. Long-lasting finish.


2013 Pinot Noir
Deep ruby red with hues of vibrant violet. Dried raspberry and cranberry with hints of cherry cola and subtle notes of huckleberry. Delicate cherry like fruit flavors that develop into a smooth cranberry soft finish.


2012 Pinot Noir

Rich violet and dark ruby. Concentrated red fruit with undertones of pepper and tobacco. Light and soft yet expressive with notes of cherry, raspberry, cranberry and subtle terroir complexities of pepper and tobacco.


2011 Pinot Noir
Rich violet and dark ruby. Raspberry, blueberry, blackberry, dark cassis, black cherry with cola hints. Big rich mouth feel, intense blue fruit, velvety texture with acidity throughout with slightly tannic on the finish.


2010 Pinot Noir

Rich, bright, ruby red. Dark cranberry, strawberry, red plum, raspberry and brambly. Subtle red rose notes. Rich elegant fruit flavor with a balance of fruit and acidity. Lingering ­finish with gripping red fruit layers


2009 Pinot Noir

Brilliant garnet red. Bright ripe cherry, flaked with hints of earthiness and freshly cracked white pepper. Rich and silky smooth with constant red fruit through the powerful lasting fi­nish.


2008 Pinot Noir

Powerful yet elegant and complex. Cherry, cassis and licorice. Very long and delicate finish. 


2007 Pinot Noir

Burgundian. Silky, velvety, early season cherry. Texturally fantastic. Soft, not sharp.