This Week's Must-Try Wines from Vinous

Welcome to this week's Vinous Top Ten! Each week we compile a list of top ten wines from the Vinous database that you need to add to your wine wish list. With all the various regions, producers, and grapes, no week will be the same! All of the wines listed in this feature are available for purchase on Banquet . This week's must-try wines are from Josh Raynolds’ article 2018 Santa Lucia Highlands: What a Difference a Year Makes . Enjoy an excerpt from his article and his notes for this week's top ten below! ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ “Following the epically hot 2017 vintage, Mother Nature paid Santa Lucia Highlands growers and winemakers back, with interest, by delivering a picture perfect season and an abundant crop of healthy grapes in 2018. The wines feature distinct energy and fine definition, with expressive fruit, well-integrated tannins for the red wines and relatively uncommon nerviness for the whites.” --Josh Raynolds, 2018 Santa Lucia Highlands: What a Difference a Year Makes, October 2020 1. Belle Glos 2018 Pinot Noir Las Alturas 2. Böen 2017 Pinot Noir Santa Lucia Highlands 3. Hahn SLH 2018 Pinot Noir Estate 4. Hahn SLH 2018 Chardonnay Estate 5. Lucienne 2018 Pinot Noir Lone Oak Vineyard 6. Lucienne 2018 Pinot Noir Smith Vineyard 7. Luli Wines 2018 Pinot Noir 8. Mer Soleil 2018 Chardonnay Reserve 9. Pisoni Estate 2018 Pinot Noir 10. ROAR Wines 2018 Pinot Noir Sierra Mar Vineyard

Roar

Sierra Mar Vineyard Pinot Noir 2018

Delectable Wine
9.5

Deep, brilliant scarlet. A complex, expressively perfumed bouquet evokes spice-tinged red and blue fruits, exotic spices and potpourri, along with a deeper cola nuance and a hint of smoky minerality. Energetic and seamless on the palate, offering finely etched raspberry, boysenberry, lavender pastille and spicecake flavors underscored by a vein of juicy acidity. Finishes extremely long and spicy, with polished tannins and resonating floral and berry notes. (Josh Raynolds, Vinous, October 2020) — a year ago

Lucienne

Smith Vineyard Pinot Noir 2018

Delectable Wine
9.3

Vivid red. Vibrant red and blue fruit, candied rose and baking spice qualities on the incisive nose, which picks up a hint of smokiness with air. Juicy and penetrating on the palate, offering gently sweet raspberry and boysenberry flavors and allspice and cola topnotes. Shows excellent clarity and spicy thrust on the clinging finish, which is framed by smooth, harmonious tannins. (Josh Raynolds, Vinous, October 2020) — a year ago

Hahn Winery

SLH Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir 2018

Delectable Wine
9.1

Brilliant scarlet. Aromas of fresh dark berries, pungent flowers, cola and a hint of allspice on the perfumed nose. Juicy and expansive in the mouth, offering concentrated bitter cherry and black raspberry flavors braced by a core of zesty acidity. Picks up licorice and savory herb notes with air and finishes long and smooth, with discreet tannins sneaking in late. (Josh Raynolds, Vinous, October 2020) — a year ago

Pisoni Vineyards

Estate Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir 2018

Delectable Wine
9.6

Deep, shimmering garnet. A highly perfumed bouquet evokes fresh red and blue fruits, cherry cola, potpourri and exotic spices, all sharpened by a smoky mineral flourish. Deeply concentrated yet energetic in the mouth, offering sappy, mineral- and spice-drenched black raspberry, cherry, boysenberry and rose pastille flavors that spread out steadily through the back half. Shows sharp definition and finishes extremely long and appealingly sweet, with polished tannins and lingering floral and blue fruit notes. The combination of power and finesse here is quite something. (Josh Raynolds, Vinous, October 2020) — a year ago

Lucienne

Lone Oak Vineyard Pinot Noir 2018

Delectable Wine
9.3

Shimmering garnet. Cherry, black raspberry, musky lavender and fresh-turned earth qualities on the deeply perfumed nose. Sappy and penetrating on the palate, offering bitter cherry and berry preserve flavors that become livelier as the wine opens up. Concentrated yet lithe in character, showing strong finishing thrust and even, well-knit tannins that frame lingering cherry and floral notes. (Josh Raynolds, Vinous, October 2020) — a year ago

Boen Wines

Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir 2017

Delectable Wine
9.0

Lurid ruby-red. Ripe, oak-spiced cherry and dark berry aromas take on hints of smokiness and cola with air. In an ample style, in line with the vintage, offering lush blackberry, bitter cherry flavors and sweetening mocha and vanilla notes. Rounded tannins frame a persistent finish that leaves jammy berry and oak spice notes behind. (Josh Raynolds, Vinous, October 2020) — a year ago

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Mer Soleil

Reserve Santa Lucia Highlands Chardonnay 2018

Delectable Wine
9.0

Translucent straw-gold. Displays lively Meyer lemon and Seckel pear aromas that pick up ginger and honeysuckle nuances with air. Gently chewy and focused on the palate, offering nervy orchard and citrus fruit flavors and a touch of fennel. Closes long and spicy, with a touch of bitter lemon pith and a sweetening whisper of vanilla. (Josh Raynolds, Vinous, October 2020) — a year ago

Luli

Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir 2018

Delectable Wine
9.1

Shimmering ruby. Pungent cherry, red berry and floral aromas are complemented by a zesty spice topnote. Taut and nervy on entry, then more fleshy in the midpalate, offering bitter cherry and raspberry flavors that show very good depth as well as energy. Fine-grained tannins lend gentle grip to a clinging finish that strongly echoes the spice note. (Josh Raynolds, Vinous, October 2020) — a year ago

Hahn Winery

SLH Estate Santa Lucia Highlands Chardonnay 2018

Delectable Wine
9.0

Shimmering yellow. Fresh citrus and tropical fruit aromas and flavors take on a spicy aspect with air. Juicy and seamless in texture, showing good depth and a subtle floral quality that emerges with air. Clings nicely on the lively finish, which features suggestions of white peach, pineapple and Meyer lemon. (Josh Raynolds, Vinous, October 2020) — a year ago

Belle Glos

Las Alturas Vineyard Pinot Noir 2018

Delectable Wine
9.0

Deep ruby-red. Oak-spiced cherry and black raspberry aromas pick up a smoky nuance with air. Smooth, sappy and focused on the palate, offering subtly sweet red and dark berry flavors that deepen through the back half. Finishes velvety, gently tannic and long, leaving sappy raspberry and cherry notes behind. In a distinctly lush style but this Pinot doesn't lack for energy. (Josh Raynolds, Vinous, October 2020) — a year ago

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