The Siduri Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir is often one of most opulent Pinot Noirs. This is especially true with the already highly regarded 2012 vintage. With this wine, Siduri has blended together wines from both the cooler northern end of the Santa Lucia Highlands (Rosella's, Garys, and Soberanes Vineyards) and the warmer southern end of the Appellation (Sierra Mar and Pisoni). Obviously, these are all vineyards with a remarkable pedigree and that is apparent in the quality of the wine.
"While all the bottled wines were tasted at my home in Colorado (and followed for multiple days), the 2012s were tasted during my visit to the Santa Lucia Highlands. A blend from barrels that don't make the single vineyard releases, the 2012 Pinot Noir has loads of potential. Elegant, fresh and pure on the palate, with great acidity, it offers beautiful spice, floral and cherry and darker berry flavors and aromas.
Range: 88-91 Points"
The Wine Advocate
"Deep ruby. Lively cherry and blackberry aromas are deepened by a note of musky sassafras. Juicy, incisive and gently sweet, offering silky dark berry flavors lifted by zesty acidity. Silky tannins add structure and focus to the finish, which leaves sappy blackberry and bitter cherry notes in its wake."
International Wine Cellar
"The 2012 Pinot Noir Santa Lucia Highlands presents an intriguing combination of ripe, sexy fruit underpinned by firm structure. Bright red stone fruits, flowers and sweet spices are all woven together beautifully in this entry-level appellation bottling. Expressive, layers and impeccable, the 2012 is going to provide pleasure the minute it hits the shelves. Siduri's appellation level Pinots - and this is a perfect example - are wines that consistently overdeliver. There is so much to like here.
Range: 88-90 Points"
Vinous / Antonio Galloni