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2015 Pinot Noir Reserve Santa Lucia Highlands
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2015 Pinot Noir Reserve Santa Lucia Highlands
Wine Specs
Vintage
2015
Varietal
Pinot Noir Reserve ~ Santa Lucia Highlands
Appellation
Santa Lucia Highlands
Vineyard
Doctor’s Vineyard
Harvest Date
August 25 - September 5, 2015
pH
3.54
Aging
75% French Oak, 25% European Oak, 18 months
Bottling Date
July 18, 2017
Alcohol %
14.5
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More than any other varietal, Pinot Noir is an expression of terroir. Terroir is a word bandied about in the wine world meaning the unique characteristics of a particular locale – essentially the taste of the place. And no other varietal reflects its sense of place more than the temperamental Pinot Noir grape. At Scheid Vineyards, we craft up to seven different bottled Pinots per vintage and our Pinot portfolio wouldn’t be complete without an SLH offering. Pinots from Santa Lucia Highlands lean towards a darker and denser style than their Burgundian cousins. ey tend to have a little bit of tannin, a lot of dark fruit, and great leather and smoke on the nose. Our 2015 delivers mass quantities of strawberries, raspberries, vanilla and forest floor. Smooth, sleek and velvety, this wine captures the inimitable personality of this great vineyard site.

Wine Specs
Vintage
2015
Varietal
Pinot Noir Reserve ~ Santa Lucia Highlands
Appellation
Santa Lucia Highlands
Vineyard
Doctor’s Vineyard
Harvest Date
August 25 - September 5, 2015
pH
3.54
Aging
75% French Oak, 25% European Oak, 18 months
Bottling Date
July 18, 2017
Alcohol %
14.5
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Wine Profile
Vineyards
More than any other varietal, Pinot Noir is an expression of terroir. Terroir is a word bandied about in the wine world meaning the unique characteristics of a particular locale – essentially the taste of the place. And no other varietal reflects its sense of place more than the temperamental Pinot Noir grape. At Scheid Vineyards, we craft up to seven different bottled Pinots per vintage and our Pinot portfolio wouldn’t be complete without an SLH offering. Pinots from Santa Lucia Highlands lean towards a darker and denser style than their Burgundian cousins. They tend to have a little bit of tannin, a lot of dark fruit, and great leather and smoke on the nose. Our 2015 delivers mass quantities of strawberries, raspberries, vanilla and forest floor. Smooth, sleek and velvety, this wine captures the inimitable personality of this great vineyard site.
Vineyard
Marine influenced mornings and afternoon breezes coming off Monterey Bay are the foundation for Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot. Doctor’s Vineyard is planted on the southeast facing terraces of the Santa Lucia mountain range, overlooking the Salinas River Valley. The ancient, glacial alluvial soils pair with the morning fog and afternoon winds to create a true Region I climate, perfect for the Burgundian Pinot Noir grape. The loose, nutrient-depleted foundation makes vines struggle to produce wonderfully complex fruit flavors with vibrant acidity.
Varietal Composition
100% Pinot Noir
Winemaking
We picked our delicate Pinot Noir grapes by hand at optimum ripeness. Upon arrival at the winery, the grapes were destemmed, but not crushed, into small fermentation bins and allowed to cold soak for 2 – 3 days. Cold soaks are used to help stabilize color and enhance flavor. e juice was then fermented in small lots in open top fermenters and punched down 3 times a day at the height of fermentation, then held on the skins for 2 weeks before pressing. e must was drained, pressed to stainless steel tanks and, after settling the heavy solids, the juice was racked clean to barrels for secondary fermentation and aging. Aged for 18 months in 85% new oak comprised of 75% French and 25% European cooperage, the wine was bottled unfiltered to preserve fruit aromas and tannin structure.
Cases Produced
150