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Las Alturas Vineyard Pinot Noir

9.22257 ratings
8.8117 pro ratings
Santa Lucia Highlands, Central Coast, California, USA
Pinot Noir
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‘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. 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 on his recent trip to CT. 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. Nice! A Fav!

‘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. 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 on his recent trip to CT. 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. Nice! A Fav!

Jul 4th, 2018
Sipping Fine Wine

Winemaker Joseph J. Wagner is a 4th generation winemaker from a family with farming and winemaking roots in the Napa Valley since 1906. Had a bottle on vacation. Deep Ruby (darkest Pinot I have come across, almost looks like a Cab) aromas of ripe berries and pepper spice notes. The palate shows rich black fruits, blackberries, plums and black cherries, vanilla, cedar, black pepper and cacao. Rich soft tannins, firm acidity on lingering finish ending with mineral tones. Nice! Give more time in the bottle.

Winemaker Joseph J. Wagner is a 4th generation winemaker from a family with farming and winemaking roots in the Napa Valley since 1906. Had a bottle on vacation. Deep Ruby (darkest Pinot I have come across, almost looks like a Cab) aromas of ripe berries and pepper spice notes. The palate shows rich black fruits, blackberries, plums and black cherries, vanilla, cedar, black pepper and cacao. Rich soft tannins, firm acidity on lingering finish ending with mineral tones. Nice! Give more time in the bottle.

Dec 4th, 2017
Ron R
9.2

It’s a fun quaff. Not typical of the varietal, but still enjoyable.

It’s a fun quaff. Not typical of the varietal, but still enjoyable.

Nov 15th, 2017
Dora Lee

A Pinot that tastes like a zin!!!

A Pinot that tastes like a zin!!!

6 people found it helpfulApr 26th, 2015
gino CapitalG

Round Pond Wine & Olive oil educator/sales

9.6

Real dark and tasty. Dark plum, fig an chocolate. I really think this is a great Santa Lucia wine and a great find.

Real dark and tasty. Dark plum, fig an chocolate. I really think this is a great Santa Lucia wine and a great find.

6 people found it helpfulJan 21st, 2014
Antoine Pin

Wine Buyer Kroger/QFC

9.4

Wow! This does not taste like a Pinot Noir. There has to be something added to it. $39 / 91pts SWS206

Wow! This does not taste like a Pinot Noir. There has to be something added to it. $39 / 91pts SWS206

5 people found it helpfulJan 30th, 2014
Rebecca Fletcher

Needs to be priced higher! Lovely wine!

Needs to be priced higher! Lovely wine!

3 people found it helpfulMar 19th, 2015
Michael Walker

Super tasty

Super tasty

2 people found it helpfulApr 17th, 2015
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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)

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)

1 person found it helpfulOct 30th, 2020
Rich Roberts

An easy drink, the good kind of subtle, balance

An easy drink, the good kind of subtle, balance

1 person found it helpfulJun 24th, 2020