2016
Santa Lucia Highlands

Pinot Noir
Description

At DeLoach Vineyards we strive to produce distinctive wines that spotlight unique terroirs in a socially and environmentally responsible way. We practice sustainable viticulture and utilize minimally intrusive winemaking techniques that lets the terroir shine through in each wine we craft.
The vineyard this wine was sourced from is planted on a terrace of the Santa Lucia mountain range, overlooking the Salinas River Valley with north-south facing rows. This cool climate Pinot Noir benefits from 1000 ft. elevation, allowing for morning sunshine to warm the vines as afternoon maritime winds cool them to lengthen the ripening process and reinforce the bright acidity of the fruit.

Tasting Notes
Aroma: 

Our 2016 Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir opens with red fruit aromas of strawberry and Bing cherry that continue through to the palate. 

Palate: 

On the palate, earthy notes and a hint of black tea complement the fruit flavors that spread throughout the mouth and are accented with dark plum and orange zest. Fine, integrated tannins lead to a delightfully long finish.

Winemaking
Vintage Notes: 

The 2016 growing season was an early harvest, similar to the previous few vintages. While grape yields were down throughout the state, the quality and depth of flavor of the fruit was exceptional. Despite a drier than average year and inconsistent weather patterns, grapes ripened and matured at optimal levels allowing remarkable flavor development resulting in balanced wines.

Tech Notes
  • Appellation: Santa Lucia Highlands
  • Alcohol: 14.5%
  • pH: 3.85
  • Titratable Acidity:  5.0g/L
  • Aging:
    •  10 Months
    • 100% French oak
    • 35% New oak
Pairs Well With
Meats & Fish:
Grilled Salmon, Roasted Duck Breast
Cheese & Nuts:
Gouda, Berkswell, Light Cheddar, French Chevre
Sauces:
Cherry Sauce
Grains:
Mushroom Risotto, Pasta with Sundried Tomatoes
$50