This special wine is consistently well received by the wine press for it's exceptional quality, and it's also the first view of our bold new Reserve-level label, dedicated for our most highly regarded wines. Since this vintage of our Reserve Pinot Noir was limited in production, it is available for a limited time only.
The nose is filled with strawberries, cherries and jammy cranberry notes; there is a hint of eucalyptus and tea as well. The flavors are strawberry-cherry and raspberry tea, with hints of white pepper, baking chocolate and warm vanilla on the finish.
The Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot is a nice example; beyond the typical strawberry-raspberry-cherry character we can smell and taste hints of tea leaf, cola, redwood forest and mushroom, nuances that are accentuated in a cooler year. We used a more delicate set of barrels with this vintage to great benefit as well; there is oaky vanilla and spice in the wine but it's a light touch that compliments the natural flavors nicely.