Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Hyacinth Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir, 2013

With the name on the label, how can you not think of hyacinths when you sniff this wine. At any rate, it does offer up beautiful floral scents along with red currants, rhubarb and cranberries. Winemakers in the Santa Lucia Highlands claim that this is the number one cool climate winegrowing area in the state. And this certainly smells and tastes like a cool climate Pinot Noir--the kind I like best.

It's riper than many cool climate Pinots--not at all austere or stingy. But it also has great acidity. From the tip of the tongue all the way down the throat this wine dances. And the ripe red fruit flavors give pleasure all the way. I love this wine now and feel sure that it will keep on improving for at least several years.

My son-in-law bought this wine for $14+ at a Kroger store in Lebanon, Ohio. The usual retail price is about $24. Wish it would come to my area in Michigan for that price.


  1. I have a bottle of 2012 & it tastes like gasoline

    1. Is it overly acidic? flawed? Or do you just not like it? Cool climate wines can go through an awkward stage just after they have lost their baby fat. If you have several bottles and don't like what you have had, there is nothing lost in holding it for a few years rather than dumping it down the drain or drinking something you don't like.