The Santa Lucia Highlands is a relatively new AVA in the Monterey region, having only been designated in 1991. It’s history is much longer than this as vineyards were first planted there over two hundred years ago. Spanish settlers recognised that the well-drained soils and the cooling winds coming off the cold waters of Monterey Bay to temper the heat in the vineyards, was a combination that made for producing graceful wines such as this.
This is a delectably lush textured, yet elegant, Pinot Noir made from fruit from four of the Hahn family’s Santa Lucia Highlands vineyards. Full of ripe black cherries with a rich cinnamon and brown spice warmth and a liquorice perfume twist. After 11 months in French oak, there is a spicy savoury detail to the fruit and a smoothness to the tannins. It is a wine that I could certainly have a second glass of….. or third. .
Country of Origin: USA, Santa Lucia Highlands AVA
Price: USD $30 | UK £29
Drink: now – 5+ years
Needs food: a good wine for food
Tasting Date: May 2018