This week I’ve focused on two excellent Central Coast pinot noirs at value prices, which means they’ll sell out fast. It’s an opportunity to compare SLO and Santa Barbara counties’ outstanding and unique pinot styles.
Lumen 2012 Pinot Noir Santa Barbara County
- LUMEN 2012 PINOT NOIR SANTA BARBARA COUNTY:
This pretty pinot noir expressed exactly what I love about Lane Tanner’s winemaking style: It’s bright and balanced with tangy flavors of red and black fruit like Bing cherries, black cherries, plums, and spice, weaved with a gossamer thread of peppers and herbs. Not to the mention its great pedigree; it was grown in the historic Sierra Madre Vineyard in Santa Maria Valley. This is a wine that will age for decades to come, but I’d bet you can’t resist drinking it much sooner. The amazing part is its price, only $27.99 opposed to its peers that are much more expensive. Pair this delicious wine with a good steak, prime rib, rack of lamb, quail, ahi, or salmon, it’s that versatile. Currently, it’s available at Woodstock Marketplace in Avila Beach or at lumenwines.com.
Sinor LaVallee 2012 Pinot Noir SLO County
- SINOR LAVALLEE 2012 PINOT NOIR SLO COUNTY:
Owner and winemaker Mike Sinor does a consistently great job of making his lowest priced pinot one I like to stock up on. But like me, you’ll probably have a tough time letting it age in the cellar. Ripe and beautifully balanced, this Pinot is quite friendly enjoyed on its own. Yet, like all great wines, it shines with food. Choose it whether you’re enjoying your favorite grilled steak, ahi tacos, or gourmet sausage pizza. Available at Tastes of the Valleys Pismo Beach, it’s an excellent buy at only $25 retail.