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2011 Roar "Sierra Mar Vineyard" Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir

SKU #1140117 93 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Bold yet graceful, offering a full-blown mix of red and dark berry, shaded by toasty, cedary oak. Ends with ripe plum and wilted rose scents, featuring firm, ripe tannins that let the flavors glide on. Drink now through 2022. (JL) Inner quote mark (9/2013)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark A brilliant Pinot Noir that has a core of sweet fruit that's balanced out by savory, mineral-like qualities, the 2011 Sierra Mar Vineyard has a medium-bodied mouthfeel, plenty of texture and juicy acidity. Slightly plump and upfront, this friendly beauty is hard to resist, and I see no reason to either. Enjoy bottles over the coming 5-6 years. Drink now-2019. (JD) Inner quote mark (8/2013)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Outer quote mark Deep ruby. Smoky red and dark berries, cherry pit and a hint of anise on the intensely perfumed nose. Pliant blackberry and blueberry flavors provide impressive palate coverage and pick up a floral nuance with air. Suave, supple and expansive, with very good finishing power and gentle tannic grip. This is surprisingly lively for such a substantial Pinot. (JR) Inner quote mark (11/2013)

K&L Notes

Vintage note, Antonio Galloni: "Gary Franscioni is one of the pioneers in the Santa Lucia Highlands. In addition to the many vineyards he has developed, Franscioni also makes wines under his own label at Roar. Franscioni describes 2011 as the coolest year on record, with temperatures that never surpassed 85 degrees, pretty much unheard of in California. The harvest took place from late September to mid-October, a condensed time frame relative to historical standards. This range from Roar is quite successful, especially within the context of the year." (Vinous, 7/2013)

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