2015 Matias "Sierra Mar Vineyard" Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir (Elsewhere $40)

SKU #1417197 93 points Wine Enthusiast

 Aromas of red-cherry reduction sauce meet with mud, clay, purple flowers, peppercorns and herbs on the dynamic nose of this single-vineyard bottling. The palate is quite dry and herbal with flavors of fennel frond, anise, and thyme, but there's a solid mulberry and exotic red-fruit core. (MK)  (12/2018)


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By: Neal Fischer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/8/2019 | Send Email
This Pinot benefits from the vineyard location, one of the highest sites in the Santa Lucia Highlands, where hills channel wind and fog to keep the area much cooler than the surroundings. On the nose there is a dramatic spice profile and loads of dried red fruits. This wine is bright, fresh, and crunchy. The palate piles on cherry, raspberry, subtle citrus, black pepper, a touch of leather, and tapers to an herbal and floral-forward finish. A concentrated and lovely offering from the folks at Brack Mountain Wines.

By: Stefanie Juelsgaard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/1/2019 | Send Email
To be honest, I had never heard of the Matias wines before they landed at K&L, but after tasting both the Sierra Mar and Soberanes Vineyards, I can tell you these will be at the front of my mind for a while to come. Each one I've tasted I've been extremely impressed by and the Sierra Mar most definitely does not disappoint. Bright and crunchy with fresh red fruit flavors, this is a top notch SLH Pinot Noir. The non-vineyard classified Chardonnay went fast, and I expect the Pinot Noirs will do the same.
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By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/1/2019 | Send Email
A distinctly cool climate expression of Pinot Noir with lovely bright fruit and savory, leafy, earthy components running throughout. Very poised with juicy red berry fruits, fennel, bramble leaf, fresh herbs. Elegant and focused on the palate; immaculate balance. Just one wine is a line up from Matias that shows fantastic quality and craftsmanship in the cellar. I can hardly believe we have more of these wines to offer at these crazy prices. Get them while you can.
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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.
Country:

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.
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.
Specific Appellation:

Santa Lucia Highlands

Alcohol Content (%): 13.7