2017 WALT Sierra Mar Pinot Noir
"Another gem is the 2017 Pinot Noir Sierra Mar Vineyard, which offers more blue fruits, wild strawberry, and forest floor notes as well as a concentrated, medium to full-bodied style on the palate. Layered, impeccably balanced, with beautiful length, it’s the real deal and a brilliant, brilliant Pinot Noir from the Santa Lucia Highlands."
94 Points | Wine Enthusiast, Matt Kettmann
"Vanilla, caramel, roasted cherry and baked plum aromas make for a rich and lush entry to the nose of this wine. Framed by buoyant acidity, the palate delivers pure and ripe yet clean and complex flavors of strawberry sorbet drizzled with caramel and cocoa."
Medium garnet in color, this wine has aromas of black cherry, leather, wild sage, and earth. It is powerful on the palate with dark and earthy accents that lead into flavors of strawberry coulis and spice. The bright acidity characteristic of the Santa Lucia Highlands brings balance and life to the rich fruit on this wine. Seamless oak rounds out the palate and brings unctuous length.
Sierra Mar vineyard is owned by Gary and Rosella Franscioni, famed pioneers of the Santa Lucia Highlands. This incredible vineyard site reflects the best of the appellation. The vineyard produces rich, lush, unctuous fruit that is balanced by the natural acidity of the site.
|Varietal Composition||100% Pinot Noir|
|Barrel Aging||10 Months in 50% New French Oak (François Freres)|
|Appellation||Santa Lucia Highlands|
|Vintage Notes||The 2017 growing season began with significant rainfall, replenishing soils and reservoirs. A summer of gradual warmth indicated a textbook growing season until unpredictable spells of extreme heat throughout September created challenges for many vineyards. This slightly reduced yields, but great quality fruit. Cooling marine air arrived just in time to bring our vineyards to ideal harvesting conditions resulting in concentrated, rich, and dense wines.|