From the Santa Lucia Highlands comes this modern styled Pinot Noir. Bright cherries and gobs full of green pepper swirled around in some decent acidity with a nice finish. Not exactly my style of Pinot, but certainly well made and delicious. I would bet this wine is popular with New World fans as it offers upfront fruit and a touch of the wood. It is very smooth at 7 years of age and will probably go for another 5 years. I don’t see much evolution a’la Burgundy but it will retain its freshness. WS gave it 91, I’m going with 90. I believe it can be found for $42 now which makes it a solid 3 star wine for me. I would drink this with Roast Chicken or by itself, keeping a watch on the sneaky 14.2% alcohol so it doesn’t sideswipe you. Salut….