2012 Lucienne Pinot Noir Lone Oak Vineyard

2012 Lucienne Pinot Noir Lone Oak Vineyard
Wine Specs
Vintage
2012
Varietal
Pinot Noir
Appellation
Santa Lucia Highlands
Vineyard Designation
Lone Oak Vineyard
Alcohol %
14.50
Wine Enthusiast
92
30 In Stock
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$60.00
/ 750ml
SKU: WLUPN127506LO

92 points Pinot Report - "Medium ruby color; tight aromas with spice and earth notes; rich, deep earthy cherry with oak and bacon notes; some tannin; good structure and balance; long finish. Rich, herbal Pinot with nice texture."

91 points Wine Enthusiast - "This is a joy to drink. It’s dry and silky, with savory raspberry, cherry and cola flavors that are accented by earthy notes of sautéed wild mushrooms, balsamic and soy sauce. It should improve even more with a few years in the bottle."

90 points PinotFile - "Comforting aromas of cherry, strawberry, red currant, wilted rose petal and sandalwood. A bit lighter in weight, featuring redder fruits including strawberry, cranberry and cherry. Smooth in the mouth and on the finish, with plenty of oak at play in the background "

Our Lucienne Lone Oak Vineyard Pinot Noir is one of four vineyard-designated, limited-production Pinot Noirs from our estate in the Santa Lucia Highlands of Monterey County. In part, our Lucienne wines owe their seductive nature to clonal selection.  We have planted an array of Pinot Noir clones, or slight genetic variations, planted in each of our vineyards.  Each clone contributes a desired color, aroma, flavor, texture or structural element to the finished wine.

Wine Specs
Vintage
2012
Varietal
Pinot Noir
Appellation
Santa Lucia Highlands
Vineyard Designation
Lone Oak Vineyard
Alcohol %
14.50
Wine Enthusiast
92
Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
This wine immediately offers overt cherry and raspberry aromas that build over a base of wild game, dried mushrooms, cinnamon and caramelized dark fruit. The mouthfeel is softly full and silky, with a slight edge of acidity of candied orange peels that melds beautifully with the allspice-laden finish.
Vineyard Notes
Ocean breezes from Monterey Bay cool this northern vineyard, making it ideal for growing Pinot Noir. Winds are lighter at Lone Oak than further south, and fog burns off later in the day. The gentle slopes face east, catching the early morning sun. The site’s ancient Chualar loam soils are rocky, assuring excellent drainage.
Winemaker Notes
After harvesting the fruit, we-destemmed and hand-sorted the grapes before moving them into open-top fermenters where we used gentle, manual punch-downs to protect the delicacy of the Pinot Noir grapes. Once fermentation was complete, we racked the free-run juice into French oak barrels (40% new) where the wine aged for 13 months before bottling.