2011 Loring "Rosella's Vineyard" Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir
*Two Stars* Good Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot has lusty, well-ripened fruit as its calling card, and, when balanced and filled out with a bit rich oak as is the case here, the best are both deep and very generous expressions of the grape. Loring hits all the right marks with this one, and, while the wine is very deep and wonderfully rich, it is never too much. It is fleshy and firm and fairly ample in weight, and its solid structure ensures that it will get better with age, and overall, this is a very deep and satisfying wine worth pursuing.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Offering up a touch more freshness and detail, the 2011 Pinot Noir Rosella’s Vineyard is also upfront and textured, with ripe black cherry, rose garden and spring flower-like nuances all flowing to a medium-bodied, elegant and textured palate. There’s not a huge amount of back-end depth but it’s gorgeous nonetheless and I love the overall focus. It should shine for 4-5 years. Drink now-2018. This was an impressive (and large) lineup of wines. Made by the brother/sister pair, Brian and Kimberly Loring, with Rachel Silkowski functioning as assistant winemaker, these efforts never lack for fruit or texture and, for the most part, reward immediate gratification. Having said that, I think these 2011s will offer a relatively broad drink window. The 2012s are more rich and voluptuous, with the purity of fruit and seamlessness of the vintage.
The pure ripe plum and black cherry fruit joins spice and wilted rose notes for a complex, delicate mix of flavors, gaining on the finish. Drink now through 2018. (Web Only- 2013)