I often find myself on the hunt for that winery that offers the perfect price to quality ratio, but I’m regularly unsuccessful in that hunt. Much to my surprise, I recently stumbled upon the wonderful wines of Luli.
Luli is a unique partnership between Sara Floyd, a Master Sommelier, and the iconic Pisoni Family. Their wines are made with exceptional fruit grown in the Monterey County on the California Central Coast and from several top vineyards in the Santa Lucia Highlands. Although these regions are not nearly as prestigious as Napa or Sonoma, they do produce wines that are well balanced, with bright fruit flavors, modest use of oak, and crisp acidity. With bottle prices ranging from $11.99-$18.99, these wines are a tremendous value. Hurry and reserve your bottles, the Pinot Noir did quickly sell out.
2012 Luli ‘Central Coast’ Rose ($11.99): “…is a blend between Grenache and Pinot Noir. Light Salmon color…displays racy flavors of peach skin, spring flowers, pomegranate, and lemon blossom. The palate is vibrant and crisp with a strong sense of slate and minerality. This wine is very refreshing and finishes with bright acidity to confirm that it will pair with a wine array of foods.” Winemaker: Jeff Pisoni
2012 Luli ‘Central Coast’ Sauvignon Blanc ($13.99): “…emits a lively mix of passionfruit, gooseberry and light grassy notes. The aromatics are fresh and mouthwatering.” Winemaker: Jeff Pisoni
2011 Luli ‘Santa Lucia Highlands’ Syrah ($15.99): “Expressive and broad…notes of spiced plums, blackberry, cedar, baking spices and tea leaf…rich with round supple tannins and dense fruit that flow into a long, velvety finish.” Winemaker: Jeff Pisoni
These are all nice picks for the up-coming barbecue season!
Will S., Beltramo’s Assistant Mangager