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2017 Roar "Rosella's Vineyard" Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir

SKU #1440775 94 points Wine Enthusiast

 Lighter in the glass, this bottling is a somewhat more delicate style than usual for the Franscioni family, but just as delicious if not more so depending on preference. Aromas of raspberry, pomegranate and wild thyme lead into a palate that's loaded with strawberry, white pepper and bay leaf, finishing on vanilla cream. (MK)  (7/2019)

92 points Jeb Dunnuck

 The 2017 Pinot Noir Rosella's Vineyard is a pretty, elegant effort that has a sunny style in its strawberry, spice, and dried herb aromas and flavors. Picking up a kiss of orange rind and citrus with time in the glass, it’s medium-bodied and seamless on the palate, with plenty of upfront charm.  (2/2019)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Pale to medium ruby and shy on the nose to begin, with time the 2017 Pinot Noir Rosella's Vineyard gives up scents of cranberries, red cherries, raspberries and strawberries with touches of chaparral, dried flowers, orange peel, cinnamon stick and dried leaves. Medium-bodied and very silky in texture, it offers excellently restrained, perfumed fruits with lovely freshness and a long, floral finish. (EB)  (2/2020)

92 points Wine Spectator

 Contoured, featuring lilting flavors of dried raspberry, cherry and underbrush, supported by medium-grained tannins. Beefy notes emerge midpalate, leading to a silky, well-spiced finish. (KM)  (8/2019)

Connoisseurs Guide

 If slightly simple and not as generous on the nose as the majority of its 2017 Roar cellarmates, this weighty, mouthfilling offering rebounds on the palate and proves to be far more substantial than first advertised. It steadfastly keeps its sights set on fully ripe cherries, berries and plums with more than enough richness to offset the appearance of a bit of finishing heat, and it will make a satisfying foil to savory, well-seasoned beef and lamb recipes over the next three or four years.  (5/2019)

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