Range: 88-91 Points"
Siduri Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir (half-bottle) 2012
Pinot Noir from Central Coast, California
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.
The Wine Advocate - "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.
International Wine Cellar - "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."
Vinous / Antonio Galloni - "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"
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Two Pinot Noir lovers, Adam and Dianna Lee, founded Siduri Wines in 1994. They produced only four and a half barrels of Pinot Noir that first vintage. Now they handcraft over 10,000 cases of Pinot Noir from vineyards ranging from Oregon's Willamette Valley down to the Santa Rita Hills and Santa Lucia Highlands AVAs. Each Pinot Noir is created using gravity flow and minimal intervention, with the goal of reflecting the unique terroir of each particular vineyard. Siduri Wines and its sibling, Novy Family Wines have received the Wine Spectator's New York Wine Experience "Critics Choice" recognition a combined seven times since 2004. View all Siduri Wines
About Central CoastView a map of Central Coast wineries
The largest of California's wine growing regions, the Central Coast produces the majority of California's wine. The district sprawls out, covering most of the vineyard land between San Francisco and Santa Barbara. Smaller sub-AVAs of the Central Coast include Monterey Bay, Paso Robles, Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Maria Valley, Santa Cruz Mountains and many others.
Notable FactsGrape varieties range from Pinot Noir and Chardonnay to Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel. Some Central Coast wine is generic, bulk wine that contributes to the high production numbers of the area. But many winemakers and wineries, particular in some of the smaller AVAs, are small production artisans, creating unique and high-quality wine. The great thing about the Central Coast is its diversity - you're able to find a number of grape varieties and styles at a number of different price points.
About CaliforniaIt's not rare to see a wine's country of origin listed as "California." A country into itself in the wine world, California makes enough varieties and styles to match many European wine countries. It produces a diverse range of wines that span the quality spectrum.
The most famous of the California wine regions is Napa Valley, and these wines are certainly outstanding – but it's not as broad and diverse as its larger neighbor, Sonoma County. Down south, Santa Barbara's Santa Maria Valley is well-known for its Rhône blends, as well as cool-climate varieties like Pinot and Chardonnay. The Central Coast, the largest California AVA, has many different microclimates that lead to a wide range of wines with many sub-AVAs.
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
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Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.