E16 2015 Pinot Noir

Santa Lucia Highlands AVA
94 Points — Wine Enthusiast
92 Points — Prince of Pinot
91 Points — Monterey Wine Competition
Santa Lucia Highlands AVA
100% Pinot Noir
11 months in Boutes French Oak
Cases Produced

A product of the storied Santa Lucia Highlands AVA, arguably California’s greatest Pinot Noir producing growing area. The Santa Lucia Highlands were planted with grapes by Franciscan missionaries in the 1790s, but not approved as an AVA until 1991. The terroir, Escolle Vineyard, was planted in 2008 using 11 Pinot Noir clones on five different rootstocks at an altitude between 200-300 feet.

The nose contains cherry, raspberry, honeysuckle and cigar smoke which blend together in perfect harmony. Mouthfeel features cherry, herbs, black pepper, jasmine tea with a balanced acidity that evokes a smooth, velvety finish and texture. 100% Pinot Noir, aged eleven months in Boutes French Oak (33% new).

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