McIntyre Vineyards are in the “sweet spot” of Monterey County’s, Santa Lucia Highlands AVA. The vines are positioned on gentle rolling hills with sandy loam soils, ideal for growing wines that are distinct and complex.
The McIntyre Chardonnay and Pinot Noir vines were planted in 1973 and today are some of the oldest vines in the AVA. Steve McIntyre purchased 80 acres in 1987. With great attention to detail, minimalist approach to winemaking and a passion for sustainable farming, McIntyre Vineyards were one of the first to be be SIP(Sustainable In Practice) Certified.
Steven McIntyre is regarded as one the most knowledgeable viticulturist in California and was also awarded “Grower of the Year” by the California Association of Winegrape Growers. With 40 years in the Santa Lucia Highlands, Steve has planted more than 20% of the entire AVA, farmed nearly a third of its vineyards and vinified hundreds of wines from its grapes. He is also the owner of the Monterey Pacific Vineyard Management Company that farms 12,000 acres in Monterey County. With his deep rooted history in the Santa Lucia Highlands, Steve McIntyre has great passion and understanding of this region.
Climate, aspect, and soils give the Santa Lucia Highlands the perfect terroir for grape growing. Planted on terraces, the vines benefit from the morning fog and wind that makes its way down the Salinas Valley and Monterey Bay. The Santa Lucia Highlands experience a long and cool growing season, ideal conditions for Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.
McIntyre Chardonnay Santa Lucia Highlands 2017 ($28.00) – The 2017 vintage was exceptional and it shows in the wine. With a medium gold hue, the wine is still very young. Notes of pear, apple, lemon and vanilla coat the palate. This Chardonnay is full, lush and lively with spicy notes, good acidity and lovely precision. The wine will only get better and better with age
McIntyre Pinot Noir Santa Lucia Highlands 2017 ($38.00) – This is a dark, sexy and intriguing wine that is more Burgundian in style. Enticing aromatic notes of blackberries, strawberries and spice. There is plenty of bright fruit on the palate. The stunning velvety tannins linger on with focused acidity and minerality on the finish. I thoroughly enjoyed this Pinot Noir, as it is supple, complex and elegant.