Santa Lucia Highlands Wine

The Santa Lucia Highlands AVA is a region within the Monterey district of California’s Central Coast. The vineyards are located within the hills of the Santa Lucia Mountains over the Salinas valley. The elevated locations of the vineyards, with well-drained granite soils ensure proper sun exposure but also cool evening breezes from Monterey Bay. This lengthens the growing season and provides excellent acid to alcohol balance and ripe fruit flavors for the wines.

Many of the wineries in the Santa Lucia Highlands are boutique operations who have a reputation for small production and high quality, graceful wines. The climate is suited to cool-climate Burgundian style wines from Pinot Noir and Chardonnay as well as northern Rhone styles from Syrah and Viognier, as well as the Alsacian varietals Gewürtztraminer, Riesling and Pinot Gris. ~Amanda Schuster
 
– Description from Amanda Schuster

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  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

Popular Wineries in Santa Lucia Highlands View all

  • Krutz Family Cellars

    I guess it all started in 1990 when my folks stumbled into The Cheese Shop in Carmel, CA. Had th...

  • Mon Lis

    We are proud to announce the release our 2005 Mon Lis Sleepy Hollow Vineyards Pinot Noir. When th...

  • Paraiso Vineyards

    The rugged Santa Lucia Mountains frame Monterey's County's fertile Salinas Valley on the west, se...

  • Pisoni Vineyards & Winery

    Pisoni Vineyards is nestled in the rolling foothills of the Santa Lucia Mountain range, 25 mil...

  • Tudor Wines

    In an increasingly mechanized world, there are still a few handcrafted products that stand out...

  • Hahn Estates and Smith & Hook

    The spectacular beauty of California 's central coast is probably the best-known region in all...

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Santa Lucia Highlands on Snooth

  • Gallo Signature Series Pinot Noir Santa Lucia Highlands 2014

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    Pure, floral, fresh and fruity on the nose, this is very cherry noted and inviting. On the palate this continues to show excellent purity of fruit, expressing an elegant and delicate but assertive cherry note that's classic Pinot but also a pleasant herbal earthiness supporting the fruit and adding depth and complexity. Easy drinking and approac... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Talbott Chardonnay Logan Sleepy Hollow Vineyard 2014

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    Oak spice, buttery vanilla and warm baked apple aromas on the nose with floral clover honey notes and a hint of peach. A bit greener on the palate with ripe melon and green apple notes, a tart acidity with some lime zest appearing towards a creamy, yet dusty, finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Novy Susan's Hill Santa Lucia Highlands Syrah 2006

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    Big wine - bold berry notes, pepper and gamey notes, with spice and sage, a touch of chocolate and a healthy dose of tannins this built for aging. Drink or hold - 93 points - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Novy Susan's Hill Santa Lucia Highlands Syrah 2006

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    Wine review by bobvree


  • Novy Susan's Hill Santa Lucia Highlands Syrah 2006

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  • Novy Susan's Hill Santa Lucia Highlands Syrah 2006

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  • Thanks for the note Richard Foxall. "Rosellas, Pisoni and many other ... ... ... Red Burgundy would be Santa Lucia Highlands of California Read More

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  • We had our annual wine club Christmas party scheduled for Saturday night. ... ... A 2012 Novy Susan's Hill Santa Lucia Highlands Syrah - Large blueberry profile with backing v      blackberry, gamey notes, oak, earthy tones, pepper and mocha lead and the palate follows nicely with well framing  tannins and good acidity.  Great bottling and wor... Read More

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  • Talbott Pinot Noir Logan Sleepy Hollow Vineyard 2014

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    Cherry cola, raspberry, blueberry and black cherry aromas with a savory, earthy note and a hint of smoke. This is earthy and smoky on the palate, delivering good fruit flavors of raspberry and cherry amidst a charred vanilla oak musk that carries through to the finish where it meets a tart cranberry note. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Hahn Pinot Noir Slh 2014

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    Wine review by boglebogle


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