2007 Roar "Garys' Vineyard" Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir

SKU #1046166 96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2007 Pinot Noir Garys’ Vineyard is one of the finest single vineyard Pinot Noirs I have tasted from California this year, it reveals gorgeous aromas of smoked herbs, charcoal, forest floor, and sweet black currants, raspberries, and plums. This incredibly fragrant, full-bodied, opulent wine struts its stuff in a magnificently complex style. It should drink nicely for 5-7 years, but who can wait that long? (RP)  (8/2009)

94 points Wine Enthusiast

 Here's a big, powerful, juicy young Pinot Noir that precisely shows the terroir of Santa Lucia Highlands and Garys' Vineyard, as well as the qualities of the vintage. The wine is massive in ripe black cherry, black raspberry, currant, cola, licorice and mocha flavors. As big as it is, it retains an elegant silkiness. Should slowly develop over many years.  (6/2009)

91 points Wine Spectator

 Rich, fleshy and full-bodied, with a tightly focused core of plum and black cherry fruit that fans out into wild berry and spice, ending with a touch of jam and ripe tannins. (JL)  (5/2009)

90 points Connoisseurs Guide

 Very sweet and very outgoing with lots of rich oak sharing the stage with lots of cherry-like fruit, this mouthfilling wine is very much driven by ripeness but its particulars are one and all those of Pinot Noir. Thick and rounded and faintly hot at the finish, it is meant to be drunk with flavorful foods, and, while it will not fall apart anytime soon, it is already surprisingly showy and very much ready to go.  (2/2009)

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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.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world.


- 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.
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Santa Lucia Highlands