2016 Loring Pinot Noir ‘Santa Lucia Highlands’
Santa Lucia Highlands, California
A blend of mostly Garys' and Rosella's, along with a couple of barrels of Aubaine Vineyard. This wine represents the "more elegant side" of Loring Santa Lucia Highlands Pinots.
AVA: Santa Lucia Highlands
Vineyards: Garys', Rosella's, Aubaine, Boekenoogen
Clones: Pisoni, 667, 777, 228
Barrel Program: Aged 10 months in French oak (15% new)
Cases Produced: 400
91 points, Jeb Dunnuck. "Spices, exotic flowers, orange peel, and red cherry notes all emerge from this complex, silky, incredibly delicious red that has nicely integrated acidity and a clean finish. It's a juicy, balanced, gulp-able beauty to drink over the coming 4-5 years."
90 points, Wine Advocate. "Medium ruby-purple colored, the 2016 Pinot Noir Santa Lucia Highlands has black raspberries and crushed blackberries on the nose with touches of aniseed, cloves, dark chocolate and dried herbs. Medium-bodied with mouthfilling black berry and spicy flavors, it has a plush texture and long, lively finish."