Santa Lucia Highlands, Central Coast

Arcadian

Francesca Central Coast Pinot Noir 2007

Shay A
9.1

Weekly Wednesday Wine Committee lunch...always such a treat to attend. This week, Dan hosted. 1 sparkler, 3 whites, 4 reds and 1 dessert wine. All blind as usual.

I’m sorry, but I refuse to accept this a pinot! I’d be more likely to believe someone poured something different in to a pinot bottle. Don’t get me wrong, it’s still a nice wine. My understanding is this is their blend of the best barrels from their other pinots. The nose on this screamed Bordeaux...leather and tar. Never gotten that from a west coast pinot. Fruit forward, soft red and black fruits. Black cherry and plum. I called right bank Bordeaux.
— 15 hours ago

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Phil A

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@Shay A Interesting review I enjoyed Cheers 🍷

Hahn Winery

Estate Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands Syrah 2015

Anything Hahn is fabulous a smelled of vanilla but tastes of Sirah. Easy drinking with red meats, pizza or simply alone. — 15 hours ago

Sandlands

Santa Lucia Highlands Syrah 2016

Color is a very dark, inky deeep purple. Notes of violets, dark fruit, black pepper. Mouthfeel is grippy and full with medium tannins. My first Sandlands Syrah, very intriguing. — 22 days ago

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Daniel

Soberanes Vineyard Syrah 2011

At a night of Persian food and Pinots this was the stand out Pinot of the night. It was great, smooth and really elegant. — 15 days ago

Kosta Browne

Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir 2012

Shay A
9.3

Weekly Wednesday Wine Committee lunch...always such a treat to attend. This week, Dan hosted. 1 sparkler, 3 whites, 4 reds and 1 dessert wine. All blind as usual.

I understand how these wines create a dividing line. Love it or hate it style. Deep, dark and extracted. Cola, black licorice and and fig on the nose. Finish had a bit of black peppercorn and rhubarb...some guessed west coast Grenache, I called Carlisle GSM Blend.
— 15 hours ago

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Hendricks Wines

Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir 2008

David T
9.8

Happy National Wine Day! 🍷🥂🎉🎊

I haven’t had this 08 in about 3-4 years. I had four bottles then and drank them faster than I imagined it was just that insanely delicious. This Hendricks 08 Santa Lucia Pinot Noir is in the top two CA Pinot’s I’ve enjoyed. I found two bottles recently on auction for a ridiculous $40. When it’s sold in futures at the Hope & Grace tasting room it’s $75 and $90 upon release.

The nose reveals slightly baked; dark cherries, blackberries, blue fruits, lots of plum, black plum, cherries, some black raspberries & strawberries. Some of the most beautiful spice on the nose mine has come across. It’s slightly sweet, dark with a touch of incense. Crushed powdery limestone, savoriness, cola/licorice, blue & red fresh florals with violets.

The body is medium and flat out gorgeous. Its flows & dances over the palate. It’s a sexy wine. Wire to wire this wine doesn’t disappoint. Ripe and slightly candied; dark cherries, blackberries, blue fruits, lots of plum, black plum, cherries, some black raspberries, pomegranate, dry cranberries & strawberries. Beautiful dark spice with heat that lifts off the palate, nicely soft baking spices, incense crushed dry rock & powdery limestone, some rich, moist, dark earth, savoy meats, dry stems, spice, cola/licorice, blue & red fresh florals with violets. The acidity is spectacular. The length, structure and balance have hit its peak. The finish is; rich, ripe, the definition of elegance, perfectly balanced and doesn’t end. It just goes on & on.

Photos of; Santa Lucia vines, Winemaker-Charles Hendricks doing the heavy lifting in the cellar l, grapes waiting to be crushed and the Hope & Grace tasting room in Yountville where this wine is sold. Charles is the Winemaker for Hope & Grace as well.
— a month ago

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David T

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@Shay A Stunning but, you need to hold it 4-5 years for its full delight.
Eric Shanks

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I have the -14. Going to hang onto it for awhile. Tried it in the tasting room. As my wife said- “amazeballs”

Miura Vineyards

Pisoni Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012

Terrific funk on the nose. Black cherries and cola on the palate. Nice restraint. I got this at Costco for $50 which I thought was a total steal. Today the -13 is on Last Bottle for $29 which is just stupid cheap. — 5 days ago

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Mark Flesher

Mark Flesher

Did I recently see this on LastBottleWines? If so I'm sorry I passed on it!
Jo Anne B

Jo Anne B

love funky pinots. Sounds like a must find
Eric Shanks

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Today @Mark Flesher ! Already gone.

Pisoni Vineyards

Estate Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir 2013

Wow...the ‘13 has developed well since my last impression August 2016...this is a big well balanced Pinot...color, aromatics and flavors were spot on...enjoyed with salmon at Bald Head Island’s Shoals Club overlooking Frying Pan Shoals — 11 days ago

Morgan

Double L Vineyard Chardonnay

Really soft and round for Sauvignon Blanc. Much more floral than tropical. — 6 days ago

A.P. Vin

Rosella's Vineyard Pinot Noir 2016

The last of 3 pinot bottlings tonight and easily the biggest and brawniest. Youthful and bold, just a massive fruit attack. Loved it. — 25 days ago

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