Santa Lucia Highlands • Santa Cruz Mountains
Fifty-Fifty ‘Grand Appellation’, focused on a single established varietal from two noteworthy appellations, resulting in an artfully crafted 50/50 blend. The ‘Grand Appellation’ series represents a collaboration of two well-renowned appellations, both known for the exquisite quality of the same varietal. The inaugural dual appellation 50/50 blend is comprised of Santa Lucia Highlands and Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot Noir.
Santa Lucia Highlands is home to one of the vineyards that Wine Enthusiast named a California "Grand Cru" vineyard, as a recognition of the locations that produce the highest-quality wine grapes. The Santa Lucia Highlands AVA (also known as ‘SLH’) is located in the Santa Lucia Mountains, right above what is well-known as an agricultural mecca, the Salinas Valley in Monterey County.
The Santa Cruz Mountains AVA (American Viticultural Area) became a recognized AVA in 1981 and was one of the first appellations to be defined by its mountainous topography. The mountainous terrain, the Pacific Ocean, and the nearby San Francisco Bay have wide-ranging effects on the appellation, creating a plethora of micro-climates, ultimately defining the regions terroir. This region are not only influenced by the elevation of the land, but coastal fog, bright sunshine & vast soil types.
Artfully crafted, this Pinot Noir is a 50/50 blend comprised of grapes from the Santa Cruz Mountains and Santa Lucia Highlands. Standout flavors and aromas of cranberry and cherry with subtle spice are followed by a soft, elegant finish.