Las Alturas' Spanish for 'the heights', a fitting name, this vineyard located on one of the highest grape-growing benches in the Santa Lucia Highlands AVA. 4th gen Winemaker Joseph J. Wagner from a family with farming and winemaking roots in Napa since 1906. Met Joe several times. Deep Ruby (darkest Pinot I have come across, almost looks like a Cab). Rich berry flavors with cedar, spice and vanilla. Lingering ending with sweet oak notes. Consistent quality Nice! A Fav! — 3 days ago
2nd day review(my wife opened it a little too early last night without me 😪). A mystifying dark garnet color. On the nose: dark cherry, strawberry, wet leaves, floral, little caramel, and very slight menthol. Taste: raspberry, dark cherry, minerals, tea ...nice med plus acidity, a smokey/plum finish, velvety smooth and drinking well for this young wine on the 2nd night!!! — 5 days ago
Deep ruby; medium plus intensity aromas of blackberry, ripe black cherry, ripe black plum, vanilla, cedar, cinnamon, cloves, anise; off dry, medium acid, ripe medium plus tannins, high alcohol, full body, medium plus intensity flavors consistent with aromas; medium plus finish, intensely ripe and concentrated, alcohol stands out as a bit high, but rich and tasty — 8 days ago
Winemaker Joseph J. Wagner is a 4th generation winemaker from a family with farming and winemaking roots in the Napa Valley since 1906. Met Joe several times. Deep Ruby with red berry fruit aromas and sweet spice notes. On the palate flavors of raspberry and ripe blackberry with sweet oak, cacao and espresso notes. Soft fine tannins perfect acidity and balance long finish ending with mineral character. Nice! A Fav! — 3 days ago
First Pinot produced from this Kendall Jackson vineyard named after Jess Jackson’s daughter, Julia. Fruit forward with tons of fruit aromas, herb and oak notes, aged for 12 months in French oak, 25% new, making this wine fresh and vibrant good for drinking now, and some short-term aging. The 2016 was a good year with an early harvest with perfectly ripe fruit. On the palate, strawberry and cherry flavors with baking spice and gentle oak. Fine tannins, lingering ending with fruit and subtle spice character. — 8 days ago
Such a killer bottle of Pinot Noir. Had this one on the shelf for a little while. 2013 Chanin Los Alamos Vineyard Pinot. Raspberry and red currant and cedar and orange peel, all electric with acidity and dusty with dried sage and other herbs. Outstanding. And while I appreciate all of Gavin’s labels, this one is particularly nice. — 5 days ago
Now this is a new world Pinot Noir for me. Bold and fruit forward with black fruits, wood, spices, vanilla, tobacco, peppercorn, espresso, chocolates, earth and light vegetables.
Tangy and spicy, rich and extracted. Showing lots of acidity to make it lively and interesting.
A good sipping wine and very enjoyable by itself.
Good right out of the bottle and very tasty.
I paired it with a nice view of the lake.
14.7% alcohol by volume.
$35. — 5 days ago
1 hr. decant & was ready to rock with my Duck 🦆 Dinner 🥘!!! Happy that Gary Pisoni put La Tache cuttings in his dirty underwear in 1983 prior TSA Bullshit & grafted onto vines in his Santa Lucia Highlands vineyard. This “Poor Man’s” La Tache is always Smokin’ great! AG says 95 Points & his review is point on in relationship to the wine. Cheers 🍇🍷👍🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 — 2 days ago
Planted in 1971, the fruit was selected from the oldest section of Sanford & Benedict Vineyard. Aromas of berry fruit with subtle floral and spice, aged for 22 months in new French oak. On the palate raspberry and cherry fruit flavors, a bit crisp with light oak tones. Firm tannins, a bit tight, lingering, ending with mineral notes. Very nice, tasting well now! — 8 days ago