"Dried cherry, wet gravel and rose petals show on the nose of this appellation blend. The palate is loaded with earthy tones of sagebrush, which surround the riper dried cherry core." Wine Enthusiast 90 Points
"Dried cherry and raspberry tart flavors show hints of sandalwood, with hot stone accents on the juicy, spicy finish." Wine Spectator 88 Points
"Our Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir is a blend of Pinot grapes selected from some of our favorite SLH vineyards. The Santa Lucia Highlands have long been a focus for us at Bernardus as we recognized early on the phenomenal potential of this great region.
At Bernardus, all our Pinot Noir grapes are hand-picked, sorted and fermented in small, individual batches. They are then aged in the finest French oak barrels and tanks until final blending, just before bottling.
We bottle our Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir earlier than our other Pinot bottlings in order to put the focus on its fresh fruit expression. This is an outstanding example of the characteristics that have made the Highlands one of the world’s most prized Pinot growing regions.
Tasting Notes: Our 2019 Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir exhibits gorgeous, pure aromas of red cherries, cranberries and strawberries. The delicious flavors beautifully reflect the superb aromas without an excessive influence of new oak."