2021 WALT Sierra Mar Pinot Noir
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
Vibrant garnet in color. Alluring, lifted aromas of red plum, raspberry, blood orange and black tea leaves fill the glass. Bold and taut, the well-built tannic structure supports deep fruit flavors on the palate and will age beautifully over time. The finish is firm and coiled with uplifting energy, like the soaring mountain slopes of this special site.
Black Tea Leaves
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 45% New French Oak|
|Appellation||Santa Lucia Highlands|
|Vintage Notes||The alluring 2021 vintage is remarkable for its low yields, which resulted in an extra degree of concentration in our wines. In a second year of drought, the vines grew quickly in the warm spring weather while our team judiciously managed watering block by block. By summer, the vines had set a lighter than average crop, and cooler weather in August allowed time for vineyard passes to finetune the fruit load and manage the canopy. After a smooth harvest season, we are excited about the flavor-packed 2021's.|