2019 WALT Sierra Mar Pinot Noir
"Big and rich, with unctuous dark fruit and spice flavors bound by rich acidity and lithe tannins. This is creamy on the midpalate, with a plush finish offering chocolate accents and sanguine hints. Drink now through 2027."
94 Points | Vinous, Josh Reynolds
"Vivid ruby-red. Expansive red and dark berry preserve scents are complemented by a suave floral nuance and a hint of smoky minerals. Offers lively, spice-tinged cherry-cola and black raspberry flavors that spread out slowly and turn sweeter with air. Fine-grained tannins add shape to an impressively long, penetrating finish that leaves suggestions of Chambord and candied rose behind."
93 Points | Wine Enthusiast, Matt Kettmann
"Focused aromas of black cherry, cola spice, green herb and a hint of smoke show on the nose of this bottling. Baked raspberry and cherry flavors are spiced by more smoke as well as pepper and roasted fennel touches."
Central Coast AVA
Roughly 250 miles along the coastline of California
from Santa Barbara County to San Francisco County
Translates to “mountain sea” in English, a fitting name
for a site that represents the best of extreme mountain
Site with decomposed granite and gravelly loam soils
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|
|Appellation||Santa Lucia Highlands|
|Vintage Notes||The 2019 vintage began with a wet spring bringing three inches of rain in May. In response to the late rains our vineyards received diligent attention to control vigorous vine growth. A long Indian summer followed with mild weather, allowing the fruit to ripen at slow, even place. The long picking windows bore fruit with beautiful freshness at optimal ripeness. The resulting wines are exceptionally elegant.|