Our vineyards planted in the Santa Lucia Highlands experience a long and dry growing season that results in wines with remarkable depth, complexity and ripe fruit flavors. Our SLH vineyards- Lone Oak, Smith, Doctor's, and Hook- are planted on a narrow bench at elevations ranging from 200 to 1,200 feet above sea level. Here, plentiful sun and well-drained soils and concentration and flavor development.
Aromas of citrus, grapefruit and honeysuckle greet the nose underlined by subtle notes of lemon tree blossoms. Supple on the palate with flavors recalling white peach, melon and fresh citrus supported by integrated bright acidity and a clean finish.
100% Lone Oak Vineyard
2016 proved to be another dry and sunny year for Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Gris. Harvest began in early August, however, the season of warmer evenings allowed for extended development, giving the fruit complex flavors and gorgeous color.
Unlike its genetic relative, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris' best qualities do not benefit from the influence of aging in new oak barrels. To preserve this wine's delicacy, the grapes were gently pressed and fermented in temperature controlled steel tanks. The cooler fermentation highlights softer aromatics, and helps maintain the wine's clean flavor profile.
Food Pairing Notes
Pistachio-crusted halibut with sautee'd zucchini and squash.