Owner(s) O'Neil Vintners & Distillers
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A Cabernet Sauvignon from Paso Robles, a Chardonnay from Arroyo Seco and a Pinot Noir from the Santa Lucia Highlands (Smith & Lindley Vineyard) round out the offerings from this value priced producer. Annual production is 12,000 cases.

Senior Vice President of Winemaking is Mark Rasmussen who is also SVP of Winemaking for parent winery O'Neill Vintners & Distillers. Bob Broman, a longtime winemaker for Cecchetti Wine Company, is the consulting winemaker.

Reviewed Wines

2016 Austerity Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir

14.5% alc., $15.70. Vinted and bottled by Austerity, Parlier, CA. · Moderately dark garnet color in the glass. Very perfumed, offering a prominent floral scent alongside a red berry mix. Light to mid weight core of blackberry fruit back by insular toast and vanilla from oak. Silky in texture and simple in character with a very modest finish. It is hard to find much Pinot character under the oak. Score: 85. Reviewed March 17, 2018 ARTICLE »

2014 Austerity Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir

14.5% alc., $15.70. · Moderate reddish purple color in the glass. I struggled to find much nose in this wine at all even over time in the glass, that offered only subtle whiffs of purple berry, smoky oak and ash. Much better on the palate, with a mid weight charge of black cherry and raspberry fruit flavors, combined with noticeable smoky oak in the background, displaying modest tannins, and donating some intensity on the fruit-driven and mildly astringent finish. Score: 84. Reviewed January 16, 2017 ARTICLE »

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