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2012 Highflyer Pinot Noir

2012 Highflyer Pinot Noir


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Doctor’s Vineyard is located in the heart of the Santa Lucia Highlands. This remarkably managed property has well-drained soils of sandy loam and gravel. We sourced three clones from three small vineyard blocks to complete our 2009 Pinot Noir blend – each of which was planted between 500 and 900 feet above sea level.

Wine Specs
Pinot Noir
Santa Lucia
Vineyard Designation
Doctor's Vineyard
Alcohol %
Wine Profile
Production Notes
The 2012 growing season was ideal due to the mild spring that led to great fruit set, followed by a cool summer and dry fall that allowed the fruit to hang long and ripen. These conditions contributed to slowly developing the flavors of the berries into the perfect intensity.
Winemaker Notes
The wine was aged on the lees for 13 months in 30% new French oak and 70% neutral French oak. This great vintage reflects in the wine with rich flavors and elegant acidity with concentrated flavors of red cherry, cola and raspberry jam. Fleshy and full-bodied, the finish is lingering and delicious.