2012 De Loach "Jean Charles Boisset Exclusive Selection" Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir (750ml)15 0 0 0
In the Vineyard
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
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 vineas and
afternoon maritime winds to lengthen the ripening process and reinforce
the bright acidity of the fruit.
About the Vintage
The 2012 vintage across the Central Coast was the easiest growing season
in years with few challenges. A mild spring led to a superb fruit set.
Summer and fall brought warm temperatures, but no heat waves. The
robust crop and very full cluster development made for an extended
growing season. With little to no disease pressure, the clean, elegant,
almost crystalline wines show the best balance we have seen since 2009.
Conversation with the Winemaker
Old World winemaking heritage meets Monterey County terroir in this
vibrant DeLoach Vineyards Pinot Noir. The fruit for this luscious Pinot
Noir was partially fermented in wooden open-top fermenters with hand
punchdowns before being aged in 100% French oak.
Our 2012 Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir opens with mouthwatering
flavors of strawberries and Bing cherries that pleasantly greet the front of
the palate and extends to more earthy notes and hints of Mongolian black
tea intermingled with spearmint towards the back of the palate. This wine
is medium bodied with good acidity and a refreshingly smooth finish.