2012 Roar Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Coming from five different vineyards, the 2012 Pinot Noir Santa Lucia Highlands is another outstanding effort from this team. Loaded with ripe raspberry, licorice and crushed-flower nuances, this beautiful 2012 has a supple, forward and delicious profile that's hard to resist. I don't think it will make old bones, but will dish out loads of pleasure over the coming 3-4 years. (JD)
The 2012 Pinot Noir Santa Lucia Highlands is a pretty, supple, entry-level bottling from Roar. Sweet red cherries, plums, spices, leather and menthol meld together in a supple, juicy Pinot with tons of near-term appeal.
Ripe and fleshy, centered on ripe plum and black cherry fruit, with touches of spice, dried herb and fresh-turned earth. Ends with fine-grained tannins. Drink now through 2022.
Grapes for Roar's 2012 Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir were picked in late September and early October of this fine growing season. The wine spent nearly a month on the skin before and during fermentation before being aged for 11 months in 2/3 new French oak. The wine was then bottled unfined and unfiltered. From the winery: "The 2012 Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir is a remarkably generous wine that evolves on the palate from darker brooding notes on entry to brighter, lifted fruit on the finish. The nose opens with dark fruit, cola, and blackberry with hints of sandalwood and sweet florals. The palate shows deep, rich fruit and good structure, with the mid-palate brightening to a mixed finish of strawberry, blackberry, and pine forest."