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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  • Pinot Noir

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

  • 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...

  • 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...

Popular Wineries in Santa Lucia Highlands View all

  • Pisoni Vineyards & Winery

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

  • Testarossa Vineyards

    Testarossa Winery, located in the historic Novitiate of Los Gatos, approximately sixty miles sout...

  • Paraiso Vineyards

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

  • Morgan Winery

    Morgan Winery is family owned and operated since 1982 and is committed to making refined wines fr...

  • Seawind Wines

    Seawind Wines is a journey of discovery. To discover grapes that ripen with optimum flavor, bala...

  • Krutz Family Cellars

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

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  • Hahn Estates Pinot Noir Santa Lucia Highlands 2013

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    Wine of the night and at $20 this oozes QPR from start to finish. Why a 92 you ask - stunning depth of fruit, dark cherry, raspberry, full & lush, spice, earthiness, mocha, moderate tannins and well balanced acidity give this a mouth watering, long lasting aftertaste. Excellent wine! Drink or hold - Paul 92 points Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Hahn Estates Grenache Gsm 2013

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    No written review

    Wine review by eyetalian


  • Mark, sounds like an interesting take on syrah, we're going to do a syrah ... River (Scherrer), an '07 Santa Lucia Highlands (Arcadian), '10 Croze-Hermitage, a '12 McLaren Vale (Shingleback) and whatever our friends bring over. Should be an interesting evening.OT, Nouveau zin, really? You know me, I'm always open to trying something different ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Hahn Estates Gsm 2013

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    Fruity and a tad sweet with light acidity and light tannins. Smooooth. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Wrath Pinot Noir Santa Lucia Highlands Boekenoogen Vineyard 2012

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    GREAT WINE FOR THANKSGIVINGCan't wait to enjoy with the family Read More

    Wine review by Dickie wines


  • Belle Glos Pinot Noir Santa Lucia Highlands las Alturas Vyd 2014

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    No written review

    Wine review by yarnanimal


  • Miura Pinot Noir Garys' Vineyard 2009

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    No written review

    Wine review by Teppo


  • Wrath Pinot Noir Mcintyre Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands 2009

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    No written review

    Wine review by jomans


  • Adelaida Pinot Noir Doctor's Vineyard 2011

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    This is a fairly big Adelaida pinot from Santa Lucia Highlands. The nose is fairly subdued but there are hints of dark berries, tar and a touch of smoke. On the palate is a burst of red and black cherry, ripe black plum, crisp acidity and mild, fine grained tannins. The finish has a touch of smoke on the back end and is medium long. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Okay, getting back to the topic at hand, in effect the Santa Lucia Highlands AVA is the other side of those mountains.  Arroyo Seco is basically due east of Big Sur.  And there's San Antonio Valley a little further south.  (Pierce Family, whom I have touted on the "Completely Different" thread, are down there.)  Here's a nice map: http://wine.ap... Read More

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