2015 Roar "Sierra Mar Vineyard" Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir

SKU #1296452 92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Pale ruby-purple colored, the 2015 Pinot Noir Sierra Mar has a gorgeous perfume of violet and rose hip tea with suggestions of cinnamon toast over a core of kirsch and wild strawberries. Medium-bodied, silky and with a great intensity of fresh red berries, it finishes long with some earthy nuances coming though. (LPB)  (9/2017)

Allen Meadows - Burghound

 Discreet wood, spice and menthol elements can be found on the very ripe yet attractively fresh nose that reflects mostly notes of various red berries and rose petal. I like the mouth feel of the rounded, velvety and utterly delicious medium-bodied flavors that possess a succulent, even juicy mouth feel, all wrapped in a bitter cherry pit and slightly tangy finish though I underscore that here the tanginess is less evident than in the Gary’s.  (10/2017)

Connoisseurs Guide

 Its nicely formed blend of ripe red cherries and creamy oak gives the wine solid credentials from the start, and only a slight frontal quality to its fruit and a modest lack of continuity at the very end hold it back from even higher marks. That said, this is a likeable wine at every stop and one that will not let you down if it comes across your table.  (6/2017)

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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