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2018 Lester Domingo Lester Family Vineyards Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot Noir

14.2% alc., 260 cases, $55. Clones 667, 115, Mt. Eden, Wädenswil 2A, and Swan. Harvest Brix 23.8º. Native yeast fermentation. Aged 16 months in French oak barrels, 40% new. · Light garnet color in the glass. Wonderful nose with effusive aromas of cherry, blueberry, spice, and pipe smoke. Light to mid-weight in heft, with a delicious core of wellspiced cherry goodness. Forward drinking with svelte tannins, a lacy texture and a welcome hint of oak. This wine has the delicate power that is so desirable in a great Pinot Noir. Score: 94. Reviewed September 19, 2021 ARTICLE »

2018 Lester Mercurio Lester Family Vineyards Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot Noir

13.5% alc., 267 cases, $55. Clones 667, 115, Pommard, Mt. Eden, Wädenswil 2A, and Swan. Harvest Brix 23.2º-24.2º. 95% destemmed, native yeast and inoculated yeast fermentations. Aged 10 months on the lees in French oak barrels, 30% new. Bottled unfined and unfiltered. · Moderately light garnet color in the glass. Deep cherry aroma with added scents of earthy flora, and floral bouquet. Dark cherry and purple grape fruits are assembled in a very approachable style with excellent balance. This offering has more earthiness and savory oak than the Domingo bottling but is nearly equal in desirability. The extended finish is particularly noteworthy. Score: 93. Reviewed September 19, 2021 ARTICLE »

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