2007 Miner Family "Garys' Vineyard" Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir

SKU #1047807

95 points from Wine Enthusiast: "An outstanding Pinot, absolutely, decadently good, that combines attributes of the fine vintage with some fine parcels from this celebrated vineyard. Softly lush, it shows fabulous flavors of cherries, red currants, licorice, cola, orange peel, sandalwood and Asian spices, but never loses structural balance and control." (9/1/2009) 90 points and one star from the Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine: "Showing its youth in its slightly direct fruit, but rich and deep in the manner of top wines from this location, this interesting wine features lightly toasted notes of toffee, sweet grains and vanilla in its aromas, and despite being noticeably ripe, it is also quite well-balanced and lively. Its early feel on the palate reflects the full acidity of its makeup, and its clear fix on Pinot Noir fruit helps offset the sweetness of its omnipresent oak. For the moment, its tannins are never far from the scene, and current service wants savory meats, but time is clearly going to bring it a softer stance and increased range and openness." (06/09) This comes from the famed Santa Lucia Highlands vineyard run by partners Gary Franscioni and Gary Pisoni. Representative of the vineyard, this is a bold Pinot with ripe red fruit aromas and flavors, velvety tannins and subtle nutmeg spice.

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 By: KLF |  Review Date: 9/19/2009 
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This is certainly a nice wine, but I'm not bowled over when I consider the price -- which is on par with other excellent Santa Lucia wines.

Personally, I would skip this one and save my ducats for one of the ultra premium wines from this region, and offset the higher price by drinking a few more value priced names in the meantime.

Needs at least two years of aging I believe.
Drink from 2011

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Varietal:

Pinot Noir

- One of France's most legendary grapes and the grape that earned Burgundy its reputation. The parent of varietals like Pinot Gris/Grigio and Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir is blue to violet to indigo in color with relatively thin skins, and it is said to have been cultivated in France for more than 2,000 years. At its best, Pinot Noir creates elegant wines that are filled with primary red fruit aromas and flavors while young, revealing with an array of secondary characteristics like earth, smoke, violet, truffle and game with age. The varietal is also known, perhaps better than any, for its ability to translate terroir, or a sense of place. While the best Pinot Noir still comes from Burgundy, it is being produced with increasing success in cooler climates around the world. In France, it is part of the trifecta of grapes that can go into Champagne, and it is also grown in Alsace, Irancy, Jura, Savoie, Lorraine and Sancerre. Outside of France it is produced under the names Pinot Nero and Blauburgunder in Italy's mountainous regions, as Spätburgunder in Germany and as Blauburgunder in Austria. In the US, Pinot Noir has found suitable growing conditions in the cooler parts of California, including Carneros, the Russian River Valley, the Anderson Valley, the Sonoma Coast, Monterey County, the Santa Lucia Highlands and Santa Barbara County, as well as in Oregon's Willamette Valley. In recent years, New Zealand has demonstrated its ability to interpret this hard-to-grow varietal, with successful bottlings coming from careful and attentive growers in Central Otago, Martinborough and Canterbury. Chile is also an up-and-coming region for Pinot Noir, creating fresh, fruit-forward, early-drinking and affordable Pinots from the coastal Casablanca Valley and the Limari Valley.
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United States

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Sub-Region:

California

- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
Specific Appellation:

Santa Lucia Highlands

Alcohol Content (%): 14.4