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2013 Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir "Upper Bench" - SOLD OUT

Vintage 2013
Wine Style Red Wine
Varietal Pinot Noir
Appellation Santa Lucia Highlands
Acid 5.8 G/L
PH 3.57
Aging 11 Months
Fermentation French Oak Barrels 30% New
Residual Sugar 0.8 g/L
Alcohol % 14.4%
Size 750 ml
The entrance to Escolle Vineyard starts off River Road and climbs upward over 300 feet into the Highlands. In the upper reaches of the vineyard we selected a single block of Pommard with the intention of creating a supple wine that would capture the essence of the appellation.
We had a very even growing season in 2013. Although we had the lowest amount of rain recorded in 120 years the vines were strong. The dry spring weather provided optimum conditions during bloom for our vines. Everything was off to a fast start and never really slowed down until mid-September. Harvest start in mid-August was early compared to recent years, but with a mid-October conclusion, overall duration of eight weeks was about normal. It was another ideal growing season just as 2012 was. Quality and quantity were excellent. 400 cases produced.
Beautiful garnet color. Aromas of floral red rose and raspberries start out this sumptuous wine.100% Pommard Clone exhibits the subtle nuance of what Santa Lucia can offer with notes of black cherries and lavender in the mid pallet. Lingering finish of tart pomegranate and light pepper spice on the pallet. Refined and elegant.
93 POINTS RUSTY GAFFNEY "THE PRINCE OF PINOT"
"Moderately light cherry red color in the glass. Lovely scent of mashed red cherries, strawberries and sandalwood. Light to mid weight flavors of strawberries, cherries and spice. Very elegant and refined, with fine-grain tannins tucked in and juicy acidity providing vibrancy. Not as brawny as many Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noirs, with more personality. This wine reminds me of wines from Rosella’s Vineyard."

90 POINTS WINE ENTHUSIAST
"Cinnamon and other brown spices meet with iron, turned earth and dried cranberry for a slightly funky and sour nose. The palate offers a plush red-cherry flavor at first, followed by a an earthy pencil-lead-driven note. Tart raspberry and graphite minerality emerge in the midpalate, followed by loam and coffee grinds toward the finish."