2016 SONNET “TONDRE’S GRAPEFIELD” PINOT NOIR, SANTA LUCIA HIGHLANDS
Looking back at the most loved Pinot Noirs I’ve featured over the years, there’s one from the Santa Lucia Highlands that rises above the rest. Sonnet’s Tondre’s Grapefield Pinot Noir comes from an incredible site that neighbors the iconic Garys’ Vineyard. And it’s appropriately named, with a perfume so muse-worthy that it makes it easy to wax poetic about. One twirl of the glass unleashes a burst of red cherries woven throughout with wild rose petals, fresh violets and spices. On the palate the wine is plush and satiny with perfect balance, and after tasting the 2016, you’ll want to get yours before the reviews… Trust me on this one.
Santa Lucia Highlands is well-known for producing Pinot Noirs with great depth, often showing cherry-berry pie and exotic spices. The topography and proximity to the Pacific Ocean allows for a long hang time, and in many areas, the fruit is able to reach optimum maturity, resulting in profound flavors. This could be the poster-child for classic Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot and at $40/btl it’s absolutely one of the best in the shop. I highly recommend picking up a case, while supplies last… you can (and will) thank me later.
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