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2017 El Lugar Spanish Springs Vineyard Pinot Noir

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July 30, 2023 - $16



91Vinous / IWC

A highly perfumed bouquet evokes fresh red berries, spicecake and potpourri, and a zesty mineral nuance adds urgency. Nervy and appealingly sweet, offering energetic raspberry and cherry flavors and a rose pastille accent. Fine-grained tannins come in late and lend shape to a long, lively finish that leaves a sexy floral note behind.

91Wine Enthusiast

...aromas of Bing cherry and pomegranate that are cut by freshly chopped game and smoke. There are earthy tones to the palate, but the focus is crisp and tart cranberry fruit.


United States, California, South Coast, Santa Barbara County, Santa Maria Valley

Santa Barbara County is not an AVA, but a region just south of San Luis Obispo that includes the Santa Ynez Valley and Santa Maria Valley appellations. Wine has been produced in the area since the 18th century when Spanish missionaries planted vineyards. It wasn’t until the 1990s, however, that producers focused on growing premier grapes for fine wines. During the 1990s more than 10,000 acres of vineyards were planted, and today there are nearly 20,000 acres of vineyards. The region received a big bump in recognition and prestige when the popular film “Sideways” was shot there in 2004. Because the region is affected by maritime weather, it is relatively cool climate makes it ideal for Chardonnay. Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir and an increasingly adventuresome number of varietals are also grown successfully in Santa Barbara County.


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.