Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Lucia 2005 Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir

This is a favorite of mine year after year along with the on-step-up Lucia, Gary's Vineyard. During my Santa Barbara trip last week I found a 375 ml bottle in a local grocery store and was very excited to find a good half bottle for once...

The Lucia 2005 Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir is primarily made from grapes from Pisoni Vineyards and Gary's Vineyard. Wine maker Jeff Pisoni uses classic Burgundian wine making methods such as fruit sorting, gravity feeding, hand punch downs during fermentation, and ageing in French oak. 850 cases made.

In the glass it has a clear, dark ruby red color. The nose displays loads of ripe raspberry, red cherry, lingonberry, floral, and sweet tobacco at the end. Tasting it, the raspberry pops in your mouth again, with red currant, hint of fresh herbs, oak, and soft, ripe tannins. The good acidity dominates the finish with some cherry.
This wine is ripe and fruity but still clean and towards the more elegant style. After my first sip of this wine, that I revisit vintage after vintage, I was definitely not disappointed.
You should be able to find this wine in wine store around the country for around $40 for a 750 ml bottle.

Enjoy! I know I did...

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