Pinot Noir, 2013. Highland Project

Pinot Noir, 2013. Highland Project

Item #: V0118R1DC
Vintage: 2013
Varietal: Pinot Noir
Vineyard/Appellation: Santa Lucia Highlands, California
Color: Medium Magenta
Nose: Cotton Candy, Rose Petals
Palate: Rich Cherry, Earth
Finish: Very Long
Rating: 97
Cellaring/Serving Suggestions: Now through 2023/Light Meats, Vegetarian/Alcohol: 13.5%

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The Highlands Project is owned by Dan and Christian Tudor of Tudor Winery in Paso Robles. The Tudor history goes back over 100 years to the wine region of Croatia, formerly in the Soviet Union. And winemaking in that region goes back over 2,000 years.

Dan began his winemaking career in Paso Robles back in 1982, working for his family. They owned one of the most renowned vineyards in the Central Coast, Tepuesquet. He hit the ground running when his first wines won first or second place at both the Santa Barbara and Santa Cruz County Fairs.

Dan's vineyard experience was exceptionally helpful when he was scouting locations for grapes. He knew what to look for and, since his passion is Pinot Noir, he was interested in only the best areas for Pinot Noir in the state.

In any given year, he will craft Pinot Noirs from five or six of the best vineyards in California. Our selection comes from the Santa Lucia Highlands in Monterey, one of the best areas for Pinot Noir there is. This area has one of longest and coolest summers in the state. The lime-rich soils combine with the climate to produce some of the best Pinots made.

From the cotton candy nose with flecks of earth and cherry to the explosive palate, the wine shines at every level. Luscious from beginning to end, the flavors last for minutes instead of seconds. And you'll want seconds, too.