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

2012 August West 'Santa Lucia Highlands' Pinot Noir
(Glenn Koenig / Los Angeles Times)
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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 salade Niçoise.


Region: California’s Central Coast

Price: $26 to $30

Style: Lush and silky

What it goes with: Grilled poultry, vegetable soups, composed salads, salade Niçoise

Where to find it: Amazing Grapes Wine Store in Rancho Santa Margarita, (949) 888-9007,; Duck Blind Fine Wines, Beers and Spirits in Santa Monica, (310) 394-6705,; Lincoln Fine Wines in Venice, (310) 392-7816,; Mission Wines in South Pasadena, (626) 403-9463,; Wine Exchange in Orange, (800) 76WINEX,; and the Wine House in West Los Angeles, (310) 479-3731,

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