Santa Lucia Pinot 2006

Belle Glos, Monterey County, Santa Lucia Highlands, Las Alturas Vineyard, Pinot Noir 2006 There’s smoke, liquer-like fruit and dusty cedar in the nose while the mouth follows through with warmth and earthiness on a supple blanket. Winemaker Joseph Wagner of the Caymus empire. Produced and bottled in Rutherford 15.1% $49.99 at Bottle Barn Belle Glos Wines

Paraiso, Monterey County, Santa Lucia Highlands, Pinot Noir 2006 There’s perfume in the nose and flavors of tart cherry and cranberry in the mouth, with a little touch of astringency that’s amplified by the tartness- yet this is a light-bodied value in the world of ever-escalating Pinot prices from Santa Lucia. P&B in Soledad 14.4% $15.69 at Bottle Barn Paraiso Vineyards

About RJ

Ray Johnson is the Executive Director of the Wine Business Institute at Sonoma State University. He writes about food and wine, his travels and the business of wine. He makes his home in Sonoma County, California.
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