2014 Loring "Garys' Vineyard" Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir

SKU #1226020 92-93 points Vinous

 Vivid ruby. Expansive aromas of fresh dark berries, incense and potpourri are brightened by an intense spicy nuance. Silky, seamless and broad on the palate, offering sweet black raspberry and boysenberry flavors complemented by a suave rose pastille note. Finishes very long and sappy, with resonating floral character and smooth, fully integrated tannins. (JR)  (8/2015)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 While most of Brian's Pinot Noirs see roughly 15% new French oak, the 2014 Pinot Noir Garys' Vineyard was brought up all in neutral wood. Medium to full-bodied, layered and textured, with notable structure and acidity, it offers lots of black cherry and currant-like fruit intermixed with notions of sassafras, dried herbs and spice. (JD)  (9/2016)

90 points Connoisseurs Guide

 *One Star* It is not uncommon for Pinots from the Santa Lucia Highlands to fix on ripeness and size as their principal traits, yet the best of the bunch, as is shown here, are wines of noteworthy structure as well. This one is full, firm and solid with a concentrated core of vigorous, ripe cherry fruit that is underlain by an intriguing touch of mildly minerally soils, and, if gutsy, impressively filled stuff, it is also a bit rough at the margins. Two or three years seem the minimum wait, and we have no doubt at all that it will continue to grow for more.  (2/2016)

Share |
Price: $44.99
Add To Waiting List

Real Time Inventory by location:

The item you have chosen is not in stock in our retail stores or within our main warehouse.

Product turnaround time varies by location of inventory and your chosen method of shipping/pickup. For a detailed explanation click here.

Additional Information:


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.
Specific Appellation:

Santa Lucia Highlands

Alcohol Content (%): 14.3