2016 BERNARDUS SANTA LUCIA HIGHLANDS PINOT NOIR
What makes Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir unique? For starters, it’s one of California’s coolest Pinot producing regions and as a whole, it’s even cooler than the Russian River Valley. This is due to the prominent ocean breeze and fog from Monterey Bay. Pinot Noir thrives in cooler climates, which allows the grapes to achieve optimum ripeness and flavor development, but also maintain acidity and structure. For my palate, the best Santa Lucia Highlands Pinots have an idyllic combination of intense plum and cherry fruit, with earthy nuances that keep me coming back for more. The balanced acidity and dense core make them both delightful upon release, and something to look forward to in the cellar. The 2016 Bernardus is exactly what I look for in classically styled SLH Pinot Noir and at 33% below retail, I wouldn’t hesitate to secure yours.
The 2016 was created from a collage of specifically selected vineyards throughout the Santa Lucia Highlands with the purpose of creating a picture-perfect Pinot. Their winemaker Dean Dekorth, is well-versed in Santa Lucia Highland fruit, from making Morgan, David Bruce and Talbott. He also spent 4 years working at some of Burgundies top producers including Olivier LeFlaive, Comtes Lafon and Pierre Morey. If you love a great value, and crave exceptional Pinot Noir, this one will leave you grinning…
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