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2022 Clarice Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir

2022 Clarice Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir


“Starting off the 2022s, all of which were tasted from bottle, the 2022 Pinot Noir Santa Lucia Highlands has a gorgeous and intense bouquet of ripe red and black fruits (black raspberries, strawberries, currants) that gives way to more minty herbs, black tea, and sappy, floral nuances. This beauty is ripe, medium to full-bodied, has a supple, elegant mouthfeel and a rich yet still graceful and light-on-its-feet style that has so much to love. It’s beautiful today, yet I see no reason this won’t evolve for a solid decade. The 2022 is based on 60% Rosella’s Vineyard and 40% Gary’s Vineyard that was fermented with 83% stems and aged in two-thirds new French oak.” – 95 POINTS JEB DUNNUCK

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2022 Clarice Santa Lucia Pinot Noir

 By the Numbers

  • 66.7% new French Oak (4 Francois Freres 3 Year air-dried VTG M toast) and 33.3% 1-year old French oak.
  • 60.4% Rosella’s Vineyard, 39.6% Garys’ Vineyard and 83.1% Whole Cluster Fermented
  • Non-inoculated primary and malolactic fermentation
  • 13.0% alcohol
  • 3.50 pH
  • 6.4 g/l TA

No Numbers…Just Words

The 2022 vintage was a very unique vintage throughout California. In a separate, accompanying article, I discuss the rather extreme steps I took to guarantee the quality of this vintage. The 2022 Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir is the product of superb grape growing, conscientious wine makering, and uncompromising blending. In producing this wine, we spent a great deal of time tasting through all of the various barrels from the Garys’ and Rosella’s Vineyards. Some vintages, coming up with a blend that works perfectly is quite easy, but in 2022 it often seemed that something would stand out. Ultimately, we started working to incorporate some new oak into the blend—adifferent tact than we had used in previous vintages with the SLH wine. Before you know it, we were finding blends that worked. Ultimately, we came up with a wine that incorporated 2/3 new oak and was just over 60% Rosella’s vineyard fruit. Hard work and perseverance paid off!