A Wine to Try: 2011 August West Pinot Noir Santa Lucia Highlands
The 2011 August West Pinot Noir Santa Lucia Highlands goes with braised lamb shank, roast chicken, earthy casseroles and cheese. (Richard Derk/Los Angeles Times/MCT) Purchase photo reprints »
A WINE TO TRY
2011 August West Pinot Noir Santa Lucia Highlands
Intense, yet elegant
Goes with: Braised lamb shank, roast chicken, earthy casseroles, cheese
Always on the lookout for a juicy California Pinot, one with some character and grit, I think I’ve found it in the 2011 from August West. The label is a collaboration between Ed Kurtzman and growers Howard Graham and Gary Franscioni. The grapes — a tiny crop this year — came from the vineyards Rosella’s, Sierra Mar and Sberanes.
Tasting of black cherry, plums and earth, this latest vintage of Pinot Noir Santa Lucia Highlands, their fourth, has gorgeous fruit and ripe tannins. It’s an all-occasion wine, great with cheese, braised lamb shanks or a hearty bean dish, sauteed mushrooms or maybe a lovely roast chicken.
— S. Irene Virbila, Los Angeles Times