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2016 WALT Sierra Mar Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir - Single Vineyard
750mL

$75.00
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94 Points

The Wine Advocate, Lisa Perotti-Brown
“Medium ruby-purple colored, the 2016 Pinot Noir Sierra Mar Vineyard offers up red roses, chocolate covered cherries and menthol notes with hints of incense and black tea. Full-bodied, opulent and with quite a lot of power, it has a nice chewy backbone and great 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.

94 Points

The Wine Advocate, Lisa Perotti-Brown
“Medium ruby-purple colored, the 2016 Pinot Noir Sierra Mar Vineyard offers up red roses, chocolate covered cherries and menthol notes with hints of incense and black tea. Full-bodied, opulent and with quite a lot of power, it has a nice chewy backbone and great 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.

  • Vineyard Notes
  • Tasting Notes
  • Wine Facts
  • Reviews
Vineyard Notes

Central Coast AVA
Roughly 250 miles along the coastline of California from Santa Barbara County to San Francisco County

Sierra Mar
Translates to “mountain sea” in English, a fitting name for a site that represents the best of extreme mountain coastal terroir.

High-Altitude Vineyard
Site with decomposed granite and gravelly loam soils

Tasting Notes

Intense crimson in color, Sierra Mar has effusive aromas of bergamot, super ripe strawberry, and Chinese five-spice. The palate opens with flavors of spiced cherry coulis, followed by deep minerality, and spicy sage. A long intense finish is made with mouthwatering acidity and beautifully balanced oak.

  • Ripe Strawberry
  • Chinese 5-spice
  • Spiced Cherry Coulis
  • Minerality
Wine Facts

The 2016 harvest was early, with slightly lower than normal yield, but exceptional fruit quality. After many years of drought, we experienced winter rains that helped alleviate the dry conditions that plagued us for the last four years. The entire ripening season enjoyed cooler than average days and nights. July and August were particularly temperate allowing for longer hang times, which ripened the grapes uniformly.

Bottle Size 750mL
Appellation Santa Lucia Highlands
Barrel Aging 10 Months in 55% New French Oak (François Freres)
Vineyard Sierra Mar
Varietal Composition 100% Pinot Noir
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