2012 Luli, Pinot Noir, Santa Lucia Highlands.
Luli is made by Sarah Floyd MS and Jeff Pisoni, and is a great value brand for fresh style Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and even a Rose, but for sure it is this Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir that steals the show with it’s pedigree and performance. Plus, the 2012 vintage which is looking more and more great as these type of wines come on in bottle, this is going to be a wine lovers year to grab plenty of cases, as the quality to price ratio is in the bargain hunters favor, unlike the last three or four years. The 2012 Luli is bright and and loaded with pure dark Pinot fruit which is highlighted by raspberry, plum and black cherry on the rich and giving palate along with a nose full of violets and hints of spice and tea notes. There is lots to love here and the class of the winemaking shows through, this is a beautiful and lively Pinot Noir to be enjoyed young and often. This tasty stuff doesn’t last on the shelves long, so now that it is out, best to secure some as soon as you can. The Luli lineup always impresses, but certainly 2012 takes them to the next level.
($23 Est.) 92+ Points, grapelive
Avail at www.sfwtc.com ($19.95)