Thursday, April 7, 2016
SANTA LUCIA HIGHLANDS WINE ARTISANS
On February 23, 2016 the Santa Lucia Highlands Wine Artisans presented a tasting of their appellation’s wines at Fort Mason in San Francisco. This trade tasting is one of the highlights of the year, with principles and winemakers pouring their rare Santa Lucia Highlands appellated Pinot Noirs alongside the more widely available Chardonnays and Syrahs.
This small wine region, tucked alongside the rolling hills at the base of the Santa Lucia range and hovering just above the Salinas Valley in Monterey, is on the map in a big way thanks in large part to the pioneering efforts and larger-than-life personality of Gary Pisoni – see my interview with Gary here
Gary had the brilliant idea of letting other winemakers make wine from his namesake vineyard, and so instead of one man building a brand, he had over two dozen. The region is known mostly for Pinot Noir in a big, ripe, luscious and full-bodied style that even at high alcohol levels retains beautifully balancing natural acidity, but the Syrahs and Chardonnays are worth checking out as well.
Peruse our reviews of Santa Lucia Highlands wines here