Our Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir is a blend of Pinots from some of SLH’s best vineyards. It amply demonstrates all the characteristics that have made this wine region world famous for its Pinot Noirs.
The Santa Lucia Highlands have long been a focus for us at Bernardus as we recognized early on the phenomenal potential of these great vineyards. We have been producing small vineyard-designate bottlings from several of our favorites for many years. Recently, we have increased our vineyard selections and felt the time was right to bottle our Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir.
Growing conditions were ideal in 2010. The summer was mild, with beautiful warm and dry weather through September and October. This, along with low yields in the vineyards, provided us with wonderfully expressive and flavorful wines.
At Bernardus, all our grapes are hand-picked, fermented in small, individual batches and aged in the finest French oak barrels until final blending, just before bottling.
In the glass, the robe is a deeply-colored crimson and crystal clear. The aromas show the classic SLH scents of cherry and plum, along with subtle spicy oak notes. The palate is beautifully focused, exhibiting ripe red fruit flavors with hints of cinnamon, cloves and licorice. The finish is soft, yet intense and lingers long after the wine has been swallowed.
Sierra Mar 9%
Cooperage: 100% French (Burgundian); 40% new; Sirugue, Cadus, Damy, Billon.
Production: 2907 cs. (750)
Retail Price: $35.00