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Wine to Try: 2012 August West ‘Santa Lucia Highlands’ Pinot Noir

August West 2012 Pinot Noir is a compelling wine with vibrant fruit and lush texture. (Glenn Koenig/ Los Angeles Times/MCT)

August West 2012 Pinot Noir is a compelling wine with vibrant fruit and lush texture. (Glenn Koenig/ Los Angeles Times/MCT) Purchase photo reprints »

A WINE TO TRY

2012 August West ‘Santa Lucia Highlands’ Pinot Noir

Region: California’s Central Coast

Price: $26 to $30

Style: Lush and silky

What it goes with: Grilled poultry, vegetable soups, composed salads, Salad Nicoise

From a stellar vintage in the cool-climate Santa Lucia Highlands near Monterey comes this extremely compelling pinot noir from August West. With its vibrant fruit and lush texture, it’s an elegant expression of the appellation at a very attractive price.

Keep an eye out too for August West single-vineyard pinots, most in the $40 range and well worth seeking out.

Pop open a bottle for a grilled chicken or some sausages, have it with a summer vegetable soup, a composed salad or a classic Salad Nicoise.

— By S. IRENE VIRBILA, Los Angeles Times

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