Posts Tagged Santa Lucia Highlands

2013 McIntyre Estate Pinot Noir, Santa Lucia Highlands

The Santa Lucia Highlands appellation, on the east-facing side of the mountain range in Monterey County, has developed a reputation for being a world-class region for Burgundian varietals. This wine is a translucent dark coral/ruby color, hinting at... Read more

2013 McIntyre Estate Chardonnay, Santa Lucia Highlands

Although this is a young wine, all the flavors and aromas have already melded together in harmony. It’s a full-throttle California Chardonnay, exhibiting rich nose impressions of smoke, toast, spice and butter, all wrapped around light scents of... Read more

2009 Corralitos ‘La Tache Clone’ Pinot Noir, Santa Lucia Highlands

In its brief history, Corralitos Wine Company has established a pattern of releasing its Pinot Noir bottlings about six months to a year after other wineries. So while we’re seeing plenty of 2010, 2011 and even 2012 Pinots in the marketplace,... Read more

2012 J. Lohr ‘Highlands Bench’ Pinot Noir, Santa Lucia Highlands

This is a cool-climate Pinot Noir from one of California’s coolest winegrowing zones, a bit lighter in the mouth than in the nose. It exhibits notes of clove, sweet strawberry, red raspberry and a touch of brown sugar, accented by soft minerality... Read more

2012 J. Lohr ‘Highlands Bench’ Chardonnay, Santa Lucia Highlands

There are examples of red and white winegrape varieties being blended with sublime results. In France’s Rhone Valley, a splash of Viognier often is added to Syrah. In the world of sparkling wine, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir are common blending... Read more

2011 J. Lohr ‘Highlands Bench’ Chardonnay, Santa Lucia Highlands

Two vineyards in the Santa Lucia Highlands area of Monterey contributed the grapes to this mouth-filling wine, which is medium straw in color. Aromas of lush pineapple and guava lead to lingering flavors of butter, smoke and fleshy fruit. Try it... Read more

2009 Corralitos Wine Company ‘Dijon Clones’ Pinot Noir, Santa Lucia Highlands

Transparent coral with orange glints, this wine engages with a smoky aroma, complemented by notes of dried orange peel, vanilla and light red cherry. With time in the glass, a rose petal aroma emerges. The wine has a light and feminine mouth entry,... Read more

2011 Talbott Pinot Noir Sleepy Hollow Vineyard, Santa Lucia Highlands

Translucent deep ruby color. The use of 30% new French oak has ironically caused this Sleepy Hollow Vineyard bottling to go into a slumber of lumber. Six hours of aeration only begins the process of reawakening the solid core of spiced cherries, a... Read more

2011 Talbott ‘Logan’ Pinot Noir, Santa Lucia Highlands

Translucent dark ruby/coral color. Cinnamon-tinged black cherry, blackberry, and blueberry aromas take turns tantalizing the nose. Once in the mouth, the fruit becomes more voluptuous, rounder, and fleshier. The fruit echoes at the finish, picking... Read more

2011 Talbott ‘Kali Hart’ Pinot Noir, Santa Lucia Highlands

The color is nearly translucent dark ruby/coral with orange glints near the rim. The nose is brash and brassy, showing fresh orange peel, red currant, cranberry, tea leaf, and a hint of vanilla. It’s light and feminine in the mouth, where it... Read more