2016 Loring Pinot Noir SLH

Year: 2016
Appellation: Santa Lucia Highlands
Country: USA-California
Wine Advocate: 90
Connoisseurs' Guide: 90
Jeb Dunnuck: 91
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.3%
Price :

"Medium ruby-purple colored, the 2016 Pinot Noir Santa Lucia Highlands has black raspberries and crushed blackberries on the nose with touches of aniseed, cloves, dark chocolate and dried herbs. Medium-bodied with mouthfilling black berry and spicy flavors, it has a plush texture and long, lively finish." (WA)

"A bit of an outlier when compared to its more lavish mates from the Santa Lucia Highlands, this bottling shows a little less bluster yet delivers plenty of well-defined, cherry-like fruit. It is both rich and fairly vital with an appealing sense of fruity freshness, and it gets a welcome lift from nicely fit acidity. It is not so brisk or lean as to call cold-climate Pinots to mind but is more temperate when it comes to obvious ripeness, and it earns an appreciative nod for varietal clarity and fine balance. Reviewed: February 2018" (CG)

"The appellation blend is the 2016 Pinot Noir Santa Lucia Highlands and it's similarly colored to the single vineyard releases and saw the same winemaking and aging. Spices, exotic flowers, orange peel, and red cherry notes all emerge from this complex, silky, incredibly delicious red that has nicely integrated acidity and a clean finish. It's a juicy, balanced, gulpable beauty to drink over the coming 4-5 years." (JD)

Winery Notes:
A blend of mostly Garys' and Rosella's, along with a couple of barrels of Aubaine Vineyard. This wine represents the "more elegant side" of Loring Santa Lucia Highlands Pinots.