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2018 Clarice Wine Company Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir (Screwcap)

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April 18, 2021 - $41

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RATINGS

93+ Jeb Dunnuck

...Gevrey-like bouquet of black cherries and savory dark fruits, damp earth, leafy herbs, and forest floor. Needing plenty of air to show at its best, it’s medium-bodied and has a silky, elegant texture, good acidity, and again, a Burgundian style in its texture.

92The Wine Advocate

...opens slowly to aromas of red berry jelly, baked blackberries, fragrant earth, tobacco leaves and bergamot. The medium-bodied palate is concentrated and spicy with perfectly ripe fruit character, a sturdy frame and long finish.

92Wine Spectator

Refined, offering focused slate and white pepper accents to the concentrated cherry tart and plum pastry flavors. Hints of poppy seed emerge midpalate, with a crisp, open-textured finish.

REGION

United States, California, Central Coast, Santa Lucia Highlands

Santa Lucia Highlands AVA is a 12-mile long, narrow strip of an appellation wedged along the eastern hillsides of the Santa Lucia mountain range. Given its proximity to Big Sur and the Gabilan Mountain Range to the northeast, Santa Lucia a cool-climate wine growing district. Morning sun is often followed by maritime winds and fog in the afternoon, a weather pattern that prolongs the growing season and means long, gentle ripening of the grapes. Spanish missionaries planted vineyards in the district in the 18th century, but it wasn’t until the 1970s that modern winemakers planted vineyards and began making high quality wine. The district received AVA status in 1991 and today there are 6,000 vineyard acres in the Santa Lucia Highlands. Pinot Noir is the dominant grape planted, followed by Chardonnay and Riesling.

TYPE

Red Wine, Pinot Noir

This red wine is relatively light and can pair with a wide variety of foods. The grape prefers cooler climates and the wine is most often associated with Burgundy, Champagne and the U.S. west coast. Regional differences make it nearly as fickle as it is flexible.