Wine Enthusiast, 92 points

"Aromas of plum, light red currant, red apple, hibiscus and smoked meat are both pretty and rustic on the nose. The palate offers suave and rich cherry flavors alongside a spicy star anise kick.”

WHY WE LOVE IT
  • BLEND
    Pinot Noir
  • APPELLATION
    Santa Lucia Highlands, Monterey County, California
  • ALCOHOL
    13.40%
  • SIZE
    750ml

The Caraccioli property is an expansive, 124 acre, expertly farmed estate vineyard in the Santa Lucia Highlands in the shadow of the Santa Lucia Mountain range. This unique microclimate moderated by the ocean breezes that flow through the valley and the mountains just behind, is a glorious area for growing world-class pinot noir.

We secured this incredible parcel at a mine-numbing price, offering it for just $19 a bottle! Pure, aromatic, zesty and long, this is simply astonishing. Pinot drinkers need to heed the call and back up the truck on this one. What can we say? Tasty, strawberry and cherry and rhubarb, with sweet strawberries kicking in on the back. Fresh and spicy, it’s simply irresistible -- be careful! We have 30 cases to sell to you and will likely sell out in hours, if not minutes. Grab it quick!

THE STORY TO KNOW

Gary Caraccioli grew up working on his family’s farm in the Salinas valley at the foot of the Santa Lucia Mountains. In 2006, Gary enticed his Uncle Jim and brother Phil, to expand their agricultural roots into the wine business with the idea that they would make an exclusive and original wine that was not being produced anywhere else in the area. His goal was to develop a sophisticated and complex sparkling wine specific to the Santa Lucia Highlands. Today the Caraccioli’s continue to produce Brut and Brut Rose sparkling wine varietals as well as Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The fourth generation of the Caraccioli family has joined the founders in their venture, and Joe has since retired.