2018 Loring Pinot Noir SLH

Year: 2018
Appellation: Santa Lucia Highlands
Country: USA-California
Wine Spectator: 90
Connoisseurs' Guide: 88
Jeb Dunnuck: 90-92
Wine Enthusiast: 90
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.3%
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"Crushed cherry and berry flavors are matched to macerated red plum notes. Firm acidity backs the savory finish, which features plenty of minerality and hints of white pepper. Drink now through 2024. 600 cases made. -KM" (WS)

"Keyed on a mix of red and black cherries and showing a lifted sense of fruity brightness on the nose, then following with slightly riper and fuller flavors than expected, this appellation bottling from the Santa Lucia Highlands in Monterey County is a little more approachable and forthright in fruit than most of its single-site siblings, yet, that said, it closes with just enough mildly puckery finishing tannin to argue against hurried drinking and for another year of integration and smoothing. Reviewed: February 2020" (CG)

"The value-priced Santa Lucia Highlands effort, the 2018 Pinot Noir Santa Lucia Highlands reveals a more plum/ruby color as well as plenty of classic, forward red and black fruits, spice, and underbrush aromas and flavors. This fleshy, medium-bodied, nicely textured effort has fine tannins, good balance, and will drink nicely right out of the gate." (JD)

"Tangy red-plum aromas meet with a sharp sense of strawberry-balsamic sauce on the nose of this appellation blend. There is a good snap to the sip, which warms up with star anise spice yet clings to the sharp and tangy red-fruit-skin core. -Matt Kettmann" (WE)

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.