Lucienne Smith Vineyard Pinot Noir 2014
This wine artfully combines fragrant strawberry and blackberry aromas with earthy cocoa-dust undertones. Flavors of harmonious red and black fruits including tart plums are underpinned by spicy notes. Silky and richly textured throughout, this wine's finish is long and luxuriant.
|Appellation||Santa Lucia Highlands|
Wine EnthusiastBaked black cherry, rare roast beef and light sage aromas show on the dynamic, earthy nose of this bottling by Winemaker Paul Clifton. Garrigue is prominent on the tip of the sip, with strong but not overripe black cherry and plum flavors. These lead into forest floor, juniper, pine needle and mulling spice on the finish.
Wine SpectatorRich and full-bodied, with a dense core of earthy blackberry, wild berry, currant, spice, loamy earth and cedary oak flavors. Drink now through 2025. 1,428 cases made.
Wine AdvocateLastly the 1,200-case 2014 Lucienne Pinot Noir Smith Vineyard comes from a site located around the winery and is the highest elevation and most exposed vineyard they own. It also sees the least amount of fog cover due to its elevation. Offering a medium-bodied, charming, even sexy style, with perfumed notes of candied cherries, cola, dried herbs and assorted backing spices, it has a forward, approachable style, yet I suspect it will evolve nicely on its balance. Drink this outstanding Pinot Noir over the coming 5-6 years.