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"The Santa Lucia Highlands is known for ripeness and power, yet this is a delicate, floral-enhanced bottling. Aromas of rich strawberry are cut by wet slate, gravel and rose petals, while the fresh, flavorful palate combines hibiscus cream, raspberry sorbet and white pepper." ~M.K.
"Deep, brilliant red. Expressive red and dark berry and cherry cola on the nose, along with baking spice, floral oil and smoky mineral nuances. Shows fine delineation and spicy lift on the palate, offering concentrated red fruit liqueur, bitter cherry and floral pastille flavors that turn sweeter with air. Finishes impressively long and lively, with polished tannins providing support and closing grip to lingering dark berry and spicecake notes." ~ V.
The 2018 SLH Pinot Noir owes much of its success to superior terroir and diligent, sustainable farming. It combines the Swan clone from the Escolle Road Vineyard and two clones from our McIntyre Estate Vineyard: 115 and Old Vine. The Old Vine block was planted more than four decades ago, making it the oldest plantings of Pinot Noir in the Santa Lucia Highlands AVA. It is own rooted a rarity in Californian. The crop was thinned to a maximum of three tons per acre or 1.5 lbs. of fruit per foot of cordon. Row orientation is primarily north/south in both vineyards, which provides even sun exposure from morning to afternoon.
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The McIntyre Estate Vineyard lies in the "sweet spot" of Monterey County's Santa Lucia Highlands AVA, a 12-mile stretch of benchland renowned for producing wines of character and complexity. Originally planted in 1973, the 80-acre site (60 acres planted) boasts some of the Highlands' oldest Pinot Noir and Chardonnay vines. The winery's other estate property is the 81-acre Kimberly Vineyard in Arroyo Seco. Proprietor Steve McIntyre is one of the most knowledgeable viticulturists in California. As owner/operator of Monterey Pacific, he farms 16,000 acres in Monterey County. The McIntyre Estate Vineyard was among the first properties in the Santa Lucia Highlands to be SIP (Sustainability In Practice) Certified.