November 2019 Wine Club Red

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The Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir is sourced from all four estates. The 2017 vintage contains 55% fruit from Smith Vineyard, 30% fruit from Doctors Vineyard, 10% fruit from Hook Vineyard and 5% fruit from Lone Oak Vineyard. After the fruit has been carefully picked and sorted, it is fermented in open-top stainless-steel tanks, then aged for up to 11 months in a selection of small, 60-gallon French oak barrels. When the wine is ready to be blended, the winemaker selects only those barrels that exemplify the aromas and flavors of the Santa Lucia Highlands.

Strawberry, bright red cherry with hints of earth, spices, and toasty oak describe the nose, while the palate follows with even more red fruit as raspberry, ripe plum and dark cherry, ending in a lengthy finish with refined tannins and a slight acidity that highlights the supple mouthfeel.

This is a pleasing and versatile Pinot Noir that matches many foods due to its weight and expressive flavors.

This wine garnered 91 points from both the Wine Enthusiast and the Wine Spectator.

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