Surh Luchtel 2005 Garys' Vineyard Pinot Noir (Santa Lucia Highlands)

For the last several years Surh Luchtel has been tinkering to get this wine right. The '05 is their best yet, a dry, silky, light-bodied wine, with complex layers of cherry skin, rhubarb pie, root beer, rose petal and red licorice flavors, enhanced with toasted new oak. The winemaker seems to be striving to tame the aggressive character this vineyard can bring to Pinot, in favor of delicacy and elegance. He has largely succeeded. A wine to watch.

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