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2015 WALT Sierra Mar Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir - Single Vineyard

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94 Points

Matt Kettmann, Wine Enthusiast
“Rich and exuberant aromas of black cherry, vanilla and brown sugar meet with a more floral depth as well as crushed gravel on the nose of this bottling by Winemaker Megan Gunderson. Buoyant acidity pops right away on the sip, allowing the silky tannins to present flavors of black plum, dark cherry, loamy earth and dark spices, from sandalwood to allspice.”


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

Matt Kettmann, Wine Enthusiast
“Rich and exuberant aromas of black cherry, vanilla and brown sugar meet with a more floral depth as well as crushed gravel on the nose of this bottling by Winemaker Megan Gunderson. Buoyant acidity pops right away on the sip, allowing the silky tannins to present flavors of black plum, dark cherry, loamy earth and dark spices, from sandalwood to allspice.”


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 color, Sierra Mar has effusive aromas of bergamot, super ripe strawberry, and Chinese 5-spice. The palate opens with flavors of spiced cherry coulis, followed by deep minerality and spicy sage. A long and intense finish with mouthwatering acidity and beautifully balanced oak.

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

The 2015 growing season in Anderson Valley was characterized by early bud break and a quick harvest. Early spring was unusually warm, however temperatures dropped in May causing ripening to slow, this allowed for flavor development and higher acidity. Yields were lower but the small berries and shatter that characterized this vintage resulted in impressive quality in the bottle.

Appellation Santa Lucia Highlands
Barrel Aging 10 months, 55% New Francois Freres
Vineyard Sierra Mar
Varietal Composition 100% Pinot Noir
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